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Here is some news about the club received in the 1999/2000 season, in date order with the latest news at the top.


Signings, Pitch

15 May The signings of Lee Howarth and Jason Minett have been confirmed.

The last match of the season takes place at York Street tonight; tomorrow work begins to prepare the pitch for next season. The foundations have been laid for the medical room and new dugout.


More Signings

14 May Today's edition of The Non-League Paper has reported that Boston United are to sign Lee Howarth from Stevenage Borough and Jason Minett from Doncaster Rovers over the weekend.

Lee Howarth played for Boston United during the 1991/92 season whilst on loan from Peterborough United. Lee was born in Bolton on 3 January 1968; he is 6ft 1in tall. Lee's playing record is:

Club

From

To

Fee

League

FA Cup

League

Cup

Stevenage Borough

01/08/1997

13/05/2000

Free

35 (2)

4 (0)

0 (0)

Barnet

26/01/1996

31/05/1998

96 (1)

6 (0)

18 (0)

Mansfield

05/08/1994

26/01/1996

£15,000

56 (1)

6 (0)

7 (0)

Peterborough

16/08/1991

05/08/1994

Free

56 (6)

3 (0)

8 (0)

Chorley

01/08/1990

16/08/1991

Totals

Appearances

339

19

33

Goals

11

0

0

Jason Minett was born in Peterborough on 12 August 1971; he is 5ft 10in tall. Jason can also play in central defence and at right back, his playing record is:

Club

From

To

Fee

League

FA Cup

League

Cup

Doncaster

01/08/1998

13/05/2000

Free

32 (4)

3 (0)

0 (0)

Exeter

17/01/1997

31/05/1998

Free

15 (0)

0 (0)

1 (1)

Lincoln City

10/07/1995

17/01/1997

Free

41 (6)

6 (0)

2 (4)

Exeter

19/03/1993

10/07/1995

Free

83 (5)

9 (0)

4 (0)

Norwich City

04/07/1989

19/03/1993

Trainee

0

0

0

Totals

Appearances

171

18

7

Goals

15

0

5

 


Tickets, Improvements

12 May When the club office opened today at 9.00am for Season Ticket sales it was discovered that the queue stretched back to John Adams Way and the first person commenced queuing at 5.00am. At 3.30pm there was one ticket left of the special promotion of 200.

Work started today on the new medical room, the terrace has been removed and the footings are ready to be put in on Monday. Foundations are being laid for a new dugout for the away team alongside the Stantons Stand.

The final piece of the first phase of the improvements to the floodlights has been completed; the results of the lux test are now awaited before the second phase is commenced.


Second Signing

11 May Boston United have signed Kenny Cramman from Rushden & Diamonds. Kenny, 28, is a left sided defender or midfield player, he joined Rushden & Diamonds from Gateshead in June 1996 and he is an England semi-professional international.

Steve Evans is talking to Paul Fewings of Hereford United; he was their joint leading goal scorer last season with 13 league goals.

Steve Evans is the Dr Martens League Premier Division Manager of the Season.


Wooding, Releases

10 May This morning Boston United signed Tim Wooding from Rushden & Diamonds. Tim is a 25-year-old defender; he started with Rushden Town youth side and then moved to Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth joining Rushden & Diamonds in January 1994. This season Tim has made 24 appearances and scored one goal.

Craig Allardyce, Steve Appleby, Steve Charles, Shaun Keeble, Mark Melson, Ross Nicholls, Ian Stringfellow and Paul Wilson have been released. It has been reported that Ian Stringfellow has joined Wisbech Town as player/manager.

Andrew Malkinson has joined the Board of Directors.

From 12 May to 26 May Boston United will offer for sale 200 Season Tickets for next season in the Nationwide Conference at the same prices as charged last season for the Dr Martens League. The tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. The club received special permission from the Conference for this promotional offer. The prices are Seating adults £110, concessions £90; Terraces: adults £100, concessions £80.

On Monday, Steve Evans Trevor Quow John Blackwell and Chris Cook attended a meeting at Hednesford Town, together with representatives from Hereford, Morecambe, Telford, Forest Green, Doncaster, Leigh, and Altrincham. The meeting was to discuss entering the Academy team into a proposed Conference Academy League next season.

Boston Borough Council have granted Boston United £17000 to be used to build an Executive Lounge to host match sponsors and for training seminars. A condition of the grant is that it will be repaid if the club move away from York Street in the next few years.

Boston United are recruiting talented youngsters to play for their youth teams next season, and are holding trials on Saturday 13 May at York Street. Trials for under 11 and 12 will be from 11.00am to 1.00pm and under 9 and 10 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.


Conference Travel

6 May Microsoft AutoRoute Express has been used to produce the following comparison for the away fixtures in the Nationwide Conference with the away fixtures of the previous season. The information (which is for guidance purposes only) is for a one way journey from Boston to the town or city of the away fixture.

Club

Driving

Driving

Club

Driving

Driving

Time

Miles

Time

Miles

2000/2001

1999/2000

Chester City

3 Hr 04 Min

177.60

Atherstone United

1 Hr 54 Min

84.90

Dagenham & Redbridge

2 Hr 22 Min

126.50

Bath City

3 Hr 37 Min

205.50

Doncaster Rovers

1 Hr 26 Min

72.10

Burton Albion

1 Hr 48 Min

81.50

Dover Athletic

3 Hr 17 Min

189.50

Cambridge City

1 Hr 36 Min

73.70

Forest Green Rovers

3 Hr 10 Min

176.10

Clevedon Town

3 Hr 30 Min

201.60

Hayes

2 Hr 31 Min

130.20

Crawley Town

2 Hr 59 Min

165.70

Hednesford Town

2 Hr 15 Min

106.90

Dorchester Town

4 Hr 17 Min

235.10

Hereford

3 Hr 09 Min

163.80

Gloucester City

2 Hr 53 Min

160.40

Kettering Town

1 Hr 18 Min

56.20

Grantham

0 Hr 42 Min

29.80

Kingstonian

3 Hr 00 Min

156.00

Halesowen Town

2 Hr 19 Min

110.80

Leigh RMI

2 Hr 40 Min

146.00

Havant & Waterlooville

3 Hr 40 Min

192.80

Morecambe

3 Hr 13 Min

188.00

Ilkeston Town

1 Hr 25 Min

63.00

Northwich Victoria

2 Hr 52 Min

134.90

King's Lynn

0 Hr 47 Min

33.10

Nuneaton Borough

1 Hr 51 Min

84.10

Margate

3 Hr 25 Min

187.70

Rushden & Diamonds

1 Hr 26 Min

61.20

Merthyr Tydfil

3 Hr 50 Min

210.60

Scarborough

2 Hr 44 Min

118.80

Newport County

3 Hr 35 Min

207.80

Southport

3 Hr 12 Min

173.30

Rothwell

1 Hr 19 Min

59.60

Stevenage Borough

1 Hr 47 Min

86.20

Salisbury

3 Hr 35 Min

196.80

Telford United

2 Hr 35 Min

126.90

Tamworth

1 Hr 56 Min

81.40

Woking

2 Hr 41 Min

138.40

Weymouth

4 Hr 28 Min

243.60

Yeovil Town

4 Hr 21 Min

236.80

Worcester City

2 Hr 33 Min

137.90

Total

2849.50

Total

2963.30

Average

130.41

Average

141.11

The figures for previous seasons are:

1997/1998 Unibond League Total 2969.50 Average 141.40

1998/1999 Dr Martens League Total 2640.60 Average 125.74


Academy Success

5 May Last night the Academy beat Lincoln United 3-2 to win the Jacksons Workwear Lincolnshire Charity Cup.

Team: Peter Cook, Alan Ross, Paul Trinder, James Fletcher, Andrew Markham, Joe Harris, Dane Thornton, Danny Harrison, Daryl Hunt, Anthony Elding, Glen Kill.

Substitutes (not used): Russell Murphy, Darren Tate, Dave Donohoe, Richard Elsom and Thomas Fielding.

The Boston United Academy team last night won the Lincs under 18 Charity Cup in a thrilling final at York Street. In front of a crowd of about 150 the Football For Life lads took the honours in a highly competitive and intense match. The quality of football was of a very high standard throughout as the Boston boys defeated their Lincoln counterparts by 3 goals to two.
Every one of the 11 were on top form as Cook's lads turned on the style. In midfield the contributions of Dane Thornton and man of the match Danny Harrison were immense as the young Pilgrims showed a level of technical ability that the visitors could not match.

The home side opened the scoring in the first minute when Darryl Hunt headed in a Harrison cross. Midway through the first half the lively and skillful Anthony Elding missed from close range after good work from Joe Harris, Andy Markham and Dane Thornton. On the stroke of half time Lincoln United equalised from the penalty spot with Academy keeper Peter Cook just
failing to keep the ball out. Midway through the second period Danny Harrison scored with a free kick that Rivelino would have been proud of. With 15 minutes to go the tie seemed to be
over when the busy and effective Glen Kill arrived at the back post to head home a Dane Thornton cross. Back came the visitors to grab a goal that meant that the Academy team were in for a very anxious last ten minutes. However, Trinder, Ross and Fletcher held firm and Chris Cook's men held on for a memorable victory.

This was the Academy's last match of the season, but the players remain at college until the beginning of July. The players return to Boston United in August and resume their college course in September.


Academy win Cup

4th May: The Academy won the Lincolnshire Charity Cup tonight. Goals by Hunt, Harrison amd Kill gave them a 3-2 win against Lincoln United Under 18s.


Squad

4 May Colin Hoyle, David Rennie, Andy Lodge and Mark Rawle have agreed 12 month terms for next season. Paul Bastock and Peter Costello have agreed two-year terms.


Bus Tour, Target

3 May Prior the Civic Reception on Sunday the Boston United squad will take an open top bus tour around Boston. The bus will leave York Street at 11.45am then it will travel along John Adams Way, Haven Bridge, Liquorpond Street, George Street, West Street, High Street and over the Town Bridge to arrive at the Assembly Rooms by 12 Noon.

To celebrate Boston United's magnificent championship winning season the Boston Target is producing a special souvenir newspaper. Champions! It's Conference Here We Come is a 20 page tribute to pone of the most memorable seasons in Boston United's history. It's packed with interviews with key players, the management team and other behind the scenes personalities, includes four fantastic pages of colour photographs, in-depth articles and a comprehensive round-up of all the season's statistics. For Boston based fans the paper is available to buy for just £1.00 from Wednesday 10 May. It will be in local newsagents and other places where the Target is regularly available. For exiled Pilgrims across the country and further afield, though, the paper is available on order from the Target offices. Send your name and address to Champions!, Boston Target, 16 Wide Bargate, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6SR. Prices (including postage and packing) are: inland £1.40 and overseas £1.80. Cheques should be made payable to Target Newspapers.

Peter Costello, Paul Bastock and Mickey Nuttell have agreed terms with Boston United for next season.

Boston United are in talks with Boston Borough Council about improving the car park The plans include applying tarmac to the car park, the council will then run the car park on a pay and display basis and share the profits with the club. The council is also considering a grant of up to £17000 to be used for a Vice Presidents Lounge, which will be used to host sponsors on match days and for seminars and training functions. The grant will be linked to the further development of local youth football.

The club has plans to carry out the following work to the York Street stadium: increasing the power of the floodlights to meet Conference requirements; enlarging the dugouts as there are five substitutes for teams in the Conference; and building a new medical facility.

Trevor Quow is planning to undertake the Three Peaks Race Challenge on 1 and 2 July, which involves ascending Mount Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. Sponsorship for Trevor can be arranged by contacting the club office on 01205 364406.


Celebrations, Finals

27 April Prior to the Civic Reception on Sunday 7 May, the Dr Martens Premier Division Trophy will be paraded through Boston on an open top bus which will leave York Street at 11.30am. Later that day there will be a Boston United Supporters Party and Fashion Show in the Social Club from 7.30pm until late. The entertainment will be provided by "Fresh", the all girl group from Boston. The Fashion Show will feature next season's new home and away kits. Tickets are £7.50each and will be available from the club office from 6.00pm on Saturday.

Sydney Burgess has announced his retirement from the position of Chairman of Boston United, which he has held for four years and he has been a director since 1965.

The following end of season fixtures are scheduled to take place at York Street:

Sunday 30 April 11.15am Lincolnshire County Sunday Cup Final - Harrowby Athletic v Intersport of Grimsby.

Monday 1 May 5.00pm Boston Sunday League Cup Final - Black Bull FC v Billinghay Rovers.

Wednesday 3 May 7.00pm Boston & District League Challenge Cup Final - Carlton Colts v Skegness Town Reserves.

Thursday 4 May 7.30pm Lincolnshire Charity Cup Final - Boston United Academy v Lincoln United U18.

Sunday 7 May 4.00pm Boston Young Pilgrims v Beeston Town followed by the presentation of club awards in the Social Club.

Wednesday 10 May 7.00pm Boston & District Sports Cup Final sponsored by the Standard - Spilsby Town v Swineshead Institute.

Sunday 14 May 9.00am to 1.00pm Car Boot Sale on the pitch, for more details contact the club office.

Monday 15 May 7.00pm Fishtoft Cup Final.


Celebrations, Full Time

26 April Prior to Saturday's match with Newport, Boston United will take to the pitch to a firework display and a release of balloons. Then there will be the presentation of the Dr Martens Premier Division Trophy by League Chief Executive Dennis Strudwick, together with the Lincolnshire League Trophy. After the match there will be the presentation of Player of the Season Awards.

The Target has reported that Steve Evans is about to sign a new contract for three years to be a full-time manager. The contract is expected to begin on 1 August 2000, until then Steve is planning to work a three days a week whilst he disposes of his outside business interests.


Celebrations, Surveys

25 April For Boston United's match with Newport County on Saturday children under 16 will be admitted FREE upon production of a voucher will be printed in this weeks Boston Standard. The club would like all supporters to be in the ground by 2.30pm to witness the presentation of the trophies, which will commence at 2.45pm.

Boston Borough Council has awarded Boston United a Civic Reception on Sunday 7 May.

The souvenir shirts with Dr Martens Premier Division Champions 2000 will be available again this week.

There are new surveys on the Polls page.


Souvenir Shirts

20 April As of Wednesday 19 April, the Social Club is selling an Official Black Polo Shirt with embroidered "Boston United - The Pilgrims" Ship Club Badge in gold with the following lettering underneath:

DR MARTENS
PREMIER DIVISION
CHAMPIONS 2000

They are available in Medium, Large and Extra Large

PRICE: £12.50

Ideal for the last four matches!!!!


Sponsor

19 April Boston United have today re-negotiated with Stantons Metsä Prima, now called Finn Forest UK Limited, to continue their sponsorship deal for the 2000/2001 season.


Match Rearranged

18 April The Reserves final match of the season at home to BRSA Retford has been rearranged for Wednesday 26 April, kick off is at 7.45pm.


Match Postponed, Segregation

17 April Boston United Reserves Lincolnshire League fixture with BRSA Retford scheduled for Wednesday 19 April, has been postponed due to the state of the York Street pitch following Saturday's match with Appleby Frodingham. The postponement will allow the pitch to be prepared for this Saturday's match with Grantham Town. A new date for the match is still to be arranged.

Boston United's match away to King's Lynn on Easter Monday 24 April has designated a Category A match, which means that The Walks stadium will be segregated. Boston United supporters have been allocated the Tennyson Road end of the ground only, which is uncovered terracing. The admission fee is £6.00 for adults and £3.00 for concessions. There is limited parking near The Walks, to assist with this Boston United are running coaches to the match, leaving York Street at 1.15pm with a return fare of £3.00, for more information contact the club office.


Academy Progress

16 April The Academy have progressed to the Final of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup sponsored by Jacksons Workwear, after defeating Gonerby A 5-4 on penalties; the match finished 2-2 after extra time.

Team: Peter Cook, Alan Ross, Paul Trinder, James Fletcher, Andrew Markham, Joe Harris, Russ Murphy, Glen Kill, Daryl Hunt, Anthony Elding, Richard Elsom.

Substitutes: Thomas Fielding (replaced Elsom 58 minutes), Darren Tate (replaced Kill 67 minutes), Dave Donohoe (replaced Hunt 96 minutes).

Elding (penalty 19 minutes) and Fielding (81 minutes) scored the goals. Gonerby A equalised after 39 and 90 minutes (five minutes into injury time). Harris was sent off after 88 minutes.

Penalties: Markham (scored), Murphy (scored), Elding (saved), Tate (scored), Fletcher (scored), Trinder (scored). Cook saved Gonerby A's fifth and sixth penalty.

James Fletcher was man of the match.

In the final Boston United Academy will play Lincoln United U18. The match is to take place at York Street on Thursday 4 May.


Segregation

15 April Next week's match with Grantham Town has been designated a Category A match, which means that York Street will be segregated. Grantham Town supporters have been allocated an area of the York Street stand.

Boston United supporters (including season ticket holders) using the Stantons Stand will use turnstiles 1 and 2 at entrance A.

Boston United supporters wishing to use the Spayne Road side of the ground, York Street terraces and the Town End terraces will use turnstiles 5 and 6 at entrance B (behind the Social Club) or turnstiles 7 and 8 at entrance C (at the Town End of the ground in Spayne Road near John Adams Way).

Young Boston United supporters using the "Kids for a Quid" scheme will use turnstile 9 at entrance C only.

Boston United supporters with terrace season tickets will use turnstiles 5,6, 7 or 8.

Grantham Town supporters will use turnstiles 3 and 4 at entrance A.


Coaches, Cup

12 April Boston United are planning to run coaches to the final two away matches of the season:

24 April to King's Lynn, £3.00, leaving York Street at 1.15pm.

6 May to Dorchester, £12.50.

In the first round on next seasons Lincolnshire Cup, Boston United have been drawn away to Scunthorpe United. The tie is to be played on or before Saturday 5 August 2000.


Academy

11 April The Academy are away to Gonerby A, near Grantham, in the semi-final of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup on Sunday 16 April, kick off is at 2.15pm.

On Thursday York Street hosts the Lincolnshire Grammar Schools Cup match between Boston Grammar School and The Deepings, kick off is at 7.30pm.


Academy

6 April Yesterday the Academy drew 3-3 with RAF Wittering. Simon North, Dane Thornton and Anthony Elding scored the goals.


Telegraph, Times

4 April The Daily Telegraph (www.dailytelegraph.com) and The Times (http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/2000/04/04/timfoofoo01023.html) published today both have articles on Boston United.


Spitting Rumour Denied

2 April It has been rumoured that Steve Evans was allegedly charged with spitting at a Bath City player as reported by Bath City Assistant Manager, Steve White, and is reputed to have been fined £250 by the FA. Steve Evans strongly condemns this type of false accusation and will be contacting the FA regarding these malicious allegations made by Steve White.


Shaun Keeble

1 April The following item appeared in the Lincolnshire Free Press dated 28 March 2000.

Holbeach footballer Shaun Keeble stands on the verge of Nationwide Conference football after a dream move just got better.

The striker was snapped up by Boston United last month after injuries threatened to derail the Pilgrims charge for the Dr Martens Premier Division Championship. But Keeble's five goals in as many games have kept the trophy very much in sight. Keeble (31) has never struggled to find the net and is Raunds Town's all-time leading goalscorer with a tremendous 209 goals in 304 appearances. He said: "I started when I was 15 at Holbeach Bank and then went to Holbeach St Marks. Alan Day signed me for Holbeach United in the 1987/88 season and I got nine goals in three games for the Reserves." When Day gave Keeble his break in the first team he banged in 38 goals in his first full season. Another 28 strikes the following season as the Tigers won the treble had scouts from Grimsby Town, Nottingham Forest - and most significantly for Keeble - Chelsea sounding him out. Only Cambridge United talked seriously but Day turned down a fee thought to be £3000.

When the boss left Carter's Park for pastures new the team largely disbanded and Keeble was on his way to Wisbech Town. Eight games later he was playing alongside Mark Lawrenson at Corby Town. Keeble fired 18 goals as they came runners-up in the Beazer Homes Midland Division and another 16 during the 1990/91 campaign as The Steelmen came fourth in he top flight. The came Keeble's highly successful spell at Raunds including another UCL title and a brush with Wembley (Raunds won the first leg of the FA Vase semi-final against Arlesey Town 3-0 then lost the second leg 5-0).

Keeble's second spell at Wisbech brought 32 goals and Boston United knocking for the first time with a £2000 bid. The Fenmen turned it down but last March accepted King's Lynn's offer of twice as much. He managed two goals in eight games before picking up an Achilles' heel injury, which dogged his progress. Keeble, who is also captain of Holbeach cricket team, said: "I've always been pretty lucky with injuries so I've never missed many games." The cash-strapped Linnets soon had to lighten the wage bill and Keeble's name was on the off-load list. That's when former Holbeach United boss Steve Evans got his man - this time for free after beating Grantham, Spalding and Rothwell to his signature.

Now the accountant for Holbeach St Johns firm John W Doubleday is looking forward to a crack in the Conference. He said: "I've probably got two more years left in me at this level and then I'll probably go back to my roots at Holbeach St Marks or Holbeach Bank." In fact his family roots probably had a big say on his footballing career - dad Ish and uncle Stuart were Holbeach United stalwarts while uncle Brian played for Grimsby Town. Cousin Nick is a Spalding United centre-half. Just watch out for Shaun's sons Jordan (2) and Jack (1) as stars of the future!


Goalkeeper

31st March Tonight's Lincolnshire Echo has reported that goalkeeper Kevin Shoemake (35) has signed on dual forms with Nuneaton Borough as cover for Paul Bastock


Allardyce, Academy

30th March Boston United have signed Craig Allardyce from Mansfield Town on non-contract forms. Craig was born in Bolton on 9 June 1975, he is 6ft 3in tall, he can play either in the centre of defence or at left back. Craig's career record is below:

Club

From

To

Fee

League

FA Cup

League

Cup

Mansfield

24/12/1998

30/03/2000

Free

10

0

2

Welling

07/11/1998

07/12/1998

0

1

0

Peterborough

25/09/1998

31/10/1998

Trial

4

0

0

Chesterfield

01/03/1998

31/05/1998

1

0

0

Blackpool

01/09/1994

31/05/1997

1

0

0

Northwich

01/07/1994

01/09/1944

Macclesfield

16/04/1994

31/05/1994

Free

Preston North End

16/07/1993

16/04/1994

Trainee

1

0

0

Totals

Appearances

17

1

2

Goals

0

0

0

Boston United are also hoping to sign a goalkeeper as cover for Paul Bastock.

The Boston Standard has reported that on Tuesday Steve Evans turned down five figure bids from Conference clubs for Joby Gowshall and Mark Rawle.

Yesterday the Academy won 6-0 at RAF Coningsby. Anthony Elding (4), Glenn Kill and Leigh Taylor scored the goals. The match was a home game for the Academy but it was played at RAF Coningsby. The Academy have one game left this season, against RAF Wittering next Wednesday at Boston Grammar School kick off at 2.30pm.


Ian Stringfellow

28th March The transfer of Ian Stringfellow from Cambridge City to Boston United was completed earlier today.


Ian Stringfellow

27h March Ian Stringfellow is in talks with Boston United with a view to re-joining the club.


Academy Progress

26th March The Academy have beaten Appleby Frodingham 5-3 in the quarter final of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup. Thornton (2), Elsom, Elding and Hunt scored the goals.

Team: Cook, Ross, Trinder, Kill, Thornton, Elsom, Markham, Harrison, Harris, Elding, Hunt.

Substitutes: Fielding, Tate, and Murphy.

The Academy will be away to Gonerby in the semi final on a date to be arranged.


Academy, Race Night

25th March The Academy played the return league fixture against RAF Cottesmore on Wednesday at York Street. The Life Boys looked at home on the big stage as they recorded an emphatic 4-0 victory. On target for the Academy were Danny Harrison with a smart
finish and Leigh Taylor from the penalty spot. However, the real star of the show was substitute Darryl Hunt who came off the bench and helped himself to a couple of well taken goals.

More good news for the Academy yesterday as four of the lads were selected to be part of the Lincolnshire Services League representative squad. Leigh Taylor and Andy Markham have been picked before but yesterday's call-up is a first representative honour for midfielder Danny Harrison and goalkeeper Peter Cook.

Boston Young Pilgrims are holding a Race Night at Kirton Leisure Centre on Friday 31 March at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £3.00, which includes a buffet supper.


Gary Jones

24th March Former striker Gary Jones has joined Halifax Town from Hartlepool on loan.


Academy, Weymouth, Worcester

23rd March Yesterday the Academy beat RAF Cottesmore 4-0 at York Street. Danny Harrison, Daryll Hunt (2) and Leigh Taylor (penalty) scored the goals.

On Sunday the Academy are away to Appleby Frodingham in the quarterfinal of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup with a 2.15pm kick off.

On Saturday 1 April Boston United are running a coach to the away match with Weymouth. The return fare is £12.50 and the coach leaves York Street at 8.00am.

Boston United supporters in Blackburn have organised a mini-bus to the away match with Worcester City on Monday 27 March. For more information contact John Fenton john@fentstep.freeserve.co.uk

Two males have been arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm following an incident at the recent match with Worcester City. The police say the arrests follow a "violent incident" which took place at half time of the match. Both men are currently on bail to appear before Boston Magistrates Court. The police would like to thank all those supporters who responded to requests for witnesses and information which has greatly assisted them in the investigation.


FA Cup, Corals

21st March The AXA FA Cup will be on show in the Boston United Social Club from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturday 25 March prior to the Boston United versus Crawley Town Dr Martens Premier League fixture. Photographs can be taken with the FA Cup for a fee of £2.50 per person. A donation will be given to the Boston Outreach Scheme and Skill Centre for Adult Training in Lealand Way Boston. Boston United have worked in conjunction with Barclays Brokers, Market Place, Boston to bring the FA Cup to York Street.

Corals of Market Place, Boston will have a betting outlet in the ground for Saturday's match with Crawley Town and for the final three home games of the season.


Academy

16th March Yesterday an understrength Academy lost 3-0 to Boston Grammar School U19 in a friendly fixture. The match was held to help the Grammar School prepare for their English Schools Football Association Cup quarterfinal match with Bluecoats School from Liverpool. The match is at York Street on Tuesday 21 March with a 2.00pm kick off.

Fertiliser has been applied to the York Street pitch this week to encourage the grass to grow for the final weeks of the season.


Re-Cycling, FA Cup

15th March Boston United's popular goalkeeper Paul Bastock has joined the campaign to put his home town top of the Re-Cycling League. When he is not saving shots to sustain the Pilgrims Dr Martens Premier League Championship Challenge, Paul has agreed to lend his support to a bid aimed encouraging local people to re-cycle their waste. Paul, in his goalkeeping kit appears in a logo, which is now appearing on the town's new re-cycling vehicle, at re-cycling centres, and on a number of council vehicles. The logo says "BAZZA'S SAVING FOR BOSTON"; it shows Paul catching a "Gilbert Matchball". Paul says "It's very important that we protect the environment and re-cycling is a major factor in achieving that aim, Boston United always try to play their part in the local community and I am delighted to do all I can to help."

The FA Cup will be on display in the Social Club for two and half-hours prior to the match with Crawley Town on 25 March. Barclays Brokers are helping to co-ordinate the event.


Ian Stringfellow

13th March Cambridge City's website has reported that former player Ian Stringfellow has left the club and Louie Donowa has joined Tamworth.


Boston United academy starts the search for new football talent

11th March The successful Boston United Football for Life scheme is planning its next trials day for boys interested in joining in September 2000.

The scheme which is now well established and in its third year, is run by the Boston United Football Academy in partnership with Boston College. It provides some 20 - 25 boys a year with the chance to develop their football skills and attempt to break into a career in football, whilst working towards a vocational sports qualification.

The Academy lads train five times a week under the tutelage of local soccer legend and youth development officer, Chris Cook. They form an elite squad who play for Boston United in the Lincolnshire Services League on a weekly basis. During each year of the scheme Academy players have broken into the United first team (notably Leigh Taylor and Ross Nicholls last year), and this year's rising star Anthony Elding has just graduated to the squad.

In addition to this, many of the Academy boys have made enough progress with their football this year to become regulars in the United Reserves and they also make up a significant proportion of the County Under 18 squad. Alan Ross is Captain for Lincolnshire with other scheme players appearing regularly, including Andy Markham, Dane Thornton, and Anthony Elding of course.

Boston College is delighted to be working with Boston United on the project and Dean of Faculty Chris Donkin, says "The great thing about the Football for Life scheme is that those youngsters who may not quite fulfil their Premiership dreams, should still leave Boston College with a nationally recognised BTEC Diploma in Sports Science. Some Academy students who have decided football is not really going to be a career option have already progressed to University to continue their studies. They should end up being highly qualified for a range of jobs in the sports and leisure industries. The scheme allows them to have a go at making it in football without giving up post-16 education."

Competitive football trials for this September's intake will take place in Boston on Saturday 29 April. Boys aged between 15 and 17 who are interested in joining the scheme need to fill in an application form, available from the College in Skirbeck Road, or from the new Boston College Centre in Boston Market Place (opposite Boots). Or you can request a form by telephoning 01205-313218 or 01205-362031. Alternatively contact the College Head of Sport Mr John Rees via e-mail at johnrees@boston.ac.uk


Bourne

8th March Tonight a Boston United XI beat Bourne Town 2-0. Adi Hayes (4 minutes) and Andy Lodge (55 minutes) scored the goals.

Team: Peter Cook, Melson, Lodge, Hayes, Pawson, Curtis, Childs, Appleby, Power, Watts, Walters.

Substitutes: Elding (Watts 65), Harrison (Power 80), Thornton (Melson 70), Ross (Pawson 70), Nicholls (Appleby 46), Reeson (Childs 70), Markham (Lodge 80), Skipworth (Cook 46), Dack (Walters 75).


Saturday Incident, Segregation

6th March In view of the violent incident, which took place during half time in the Boston United versus Worcester City match at York Street on Saturday 4 March, positive action has taken place. In conjunction with Boston United Football Club, Boston Police wish to appeal to supporters at the match who stood on the Spayne Road side of the ground for witness's to the incident. Also, during the first half at the Town End of the ground a "spirit bottle" was thrown, can any supporters give evidence on this other incident?

Any supporter with information on the above incidents, please contact PC Phil Scott or PC Leslie Alderson on 01205 366222 or John Blackwell on 01205 364406.

Boston United's away match with Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 11 March has been designated a Category A match, which means that the ground will be segregated. Boston United supporters will only be allowed in the south end of the ground by the entrance in Martin Road. This is a covered area but no seats are available for Boston United supporters.


Friendly, Golf

4th March Boston United have arranged a friendly fixture away to Bourne Town on Wednesday 8 March 2000. Kick off at the Abbey Lawns is 7.45pm.

Steve Evans has applied to join Boston Golf Club.


Award

3rd March Prior to tomorrow's match with Worcester City Mr Toby Graham of Dr Martens Sport and Leisure will present the January Manager of the Month Award to Steve Evans.


Fine, Academy, Butterworth

1st March Last week Boston United appeared before a FA Disciplinary Committee at Birmingham City's St Andrews Stadium, concerning an incident in the referee's report on the match at Ilkeston Town on 30 August 1999. It was reported that an official had been punched after the match. Ilkeston Town had appeared before a similar committee on an earlier date. Both clubs were found guilty of not being in control of their players and officials. Both clubs were fined £1500 with £750 suspended until 31 December 2000 in case of similar incidents, and were warned about their future conduct.

This afternoon the Academy lost 2-1 to RAF Wittering in the semi-final of the Lincolnshire Services League Cup. Leigh Taylor scored a penalty in the match, which was played at North Sea Camp.

Boston United have put in seven days notice to Rushden & Diamonds for Gary Butterworth. Gary, 29, can play either in midfield or defence, and he is currently captain of the England semi-professional team.


Fixtures, Sponsorship, Golf

29th February The following fixtures have been announced.

Wednesday 1 March Lincolnshire Services League Cup Semi-Finals:

North Lincs College v RAF Cottesmore

Boston United Academy v RAF Wittering at Boston Grammar School, kick off at 2.00pm

Wednesday 1 March National Grammar School Cup (last 16)

Boston Grammar School v Lutterworth Grammar School at York Street, kick off at 2.00pm

Friday 3 March Lincolnshire League

Wyberton v Boston United Reserves kick off at 7.45pm

MR TROPHIES of Skegness is the new main sponsor of the Boston United Player of the Year Trophy.

The Boston United AM AM Golf Tournament will be held at Boston Golf Club on Thursday 6 July 2000.


Inspection

25th February Boston United had a visit from officials of the Nationwide Conference today; they are visiting all clubs who could finish in a promotion position in the three feeder leagues. The results of the visit will be received in writing at a later date.


Cottesmore, Academy, Down Under

24th February Last Night a Boston United XI beat Cottesmore Amateurs 5-1. Walters (17 minutes), Hayes (20), Appleby (32), Melson (44) and Nuttell (55) scored he goals.

The team was Ryan Motley (trialist goalkeeper), Melson, Lodge, Pawson, Curtis, Appleby, Childs, Hayes, Nuttell, Rawle, Walters. The substitutes (who all appeared in the second half) were Nicholls, Taylor, Elding, Watts and Lee Skipper (trialist goalkeeper).

Yesterday the Academy beat RAF Cottesmore 2-1; Hunt and Thornton scored the goals.

The Academy have been drawn at home to RAF Wittering in the semi-final of the Services League Cup. The other semi-final is between RAF Cottesmore and North Lincs College. The matches are due to be played by 1 March 2000.


Director Dick Carrington with supporters Mike Gooderson and Harry Cartwright make a trip to New Zealand and Australia in March. They will arrive in Auckland on 10 March and will be staying at the Novotel for three nights before travelling around North Island for three days. On 16 March they arrive in Sydney and will be spending three nights at the Southern Cross Hotel on Goulburn Street before going sight seeing outside Sydney. They return to the U.K. on 23 March. Any Pilgrims out there are welcome to come and have a chat.


Appleby

22nd February The Dr Martens League Bulletin has reported that Steve Appleby has returned to Spalding United.


Academy, Coach

21st February On Wednesday the Academy are away to RAF Cottesmore.

There are still places available on the supporter's coach to Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday. The coach leaves York Street at 8.00am and the return fare is £12.00


Lincolnshire

18th February Yesterday Lincolnshire U18 defeated Nottinghamshire U18 3-0 at Arnold. Four of the Academy players featured in the match. Anthony Elding scored two goals, Alan Ross was captain, Joe Harris was in the team and James Fletcher was an unused substitute. This match was Anthony Elding's last for Lincolnshire, by the time of the next match he will be beyond the age qualification date.


Academy, Friendly

17th February Yesterday the Academy drew 3-3 with North Lincs College, the League Champions and League Leaders. Anthony Elding, Leigh Taylor (penalty) and Nicky Reeson scored the goals.

Next Wednesday, 23 February, Boston United have a friendly fixture away to Cottesmore Amateurs of the Leicester Senior League, kick off at 7.30pm. Former player Darren Munton manages Cottesmore.


FA Investigation

16th February The Daily Telegraph featured the following article by Richard Luscombe today.

The Football Association are to investigate the match between Dr Martens League leaders Boston United and Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday, which was marred by a brawl involving all 22 players and members of both teams' benches at half-time.

Fighting broke out after a niggly first half in which Boston came from behind twice to level at 2-2. A heavy tackle by Havant striker Nicky Wyatt on Boston defender Joby Gowshall brought a furious reaction from Boston manager Steve Evans who ran onto the pitch to protest. Other players and club officials soon joined in.

Lancaster Gate have confirmed that Cambridge referee Christopher Gawthrop's report on the match will be looked into, though it is not understood to relate directly to the free-for-all. Gawthrop booked six players and sent off Havant's Tim Hambley for a second bookable offence three minutes from time.

The violent incidents over-shadowed an otherwise entertaining Premier Division match watched by 1514 and could not have come at a worst time with the FA cracking down on indiscipline in the senior game. Gawthrop's report arrived at Lancaster Gate on the day the FA charged four Premiership clubs - Leeds, Tottenham, Chelsea and Wimbledon - plus three players and a club official with misconduct following incidents at the weekend.

An FA spokesman said yesterday: "A report into this match has been received and is being looked at."

Evans admitted: "Certain things occurred an and off the field that I feel do not have a part in football, but we rose above it." His views were echoed by John Blackwell, the Boston secretary, who said: " It was blood and thunder but a very entertaining game."

Gawthrop said: "The atmosphere on the field was very strange - something I have not experienced before."

Boston parading three new signings eventually won 4-2. They went behind to a goal by James Taylor after two minutes and equalised with a Peter Costello penalty 12 minutes later. Havant's Gary MacDonald and Boston's Shaun Keeble signed from King's Lynn last week, each scored just before the brawl.

Costello and Keeble both scored again in the second half to secure the win which keeps Boston 11 points clear of second-placed Bath City, who won 1-0 at Worcester through a 29th-minute goal from David Mehew.


Holbeach

15th February Boston United Reserves defeated Holbeach United 8-1 in tonight's match at Carters Park, John Luffman was in charge of the team.

Goals: Watts 21, 46; Melson 25(penalty), 60; Raynor 49; Elding 62; Nuttell 67; Walters 81

Team: P Cook, Melson, Lodge, Raynor, Pawson, Curtis, Childs, Appleby, Power, Watts, Walters.

Substitutes: Elding (replaced Watts 54 minutes), Taylor (replaced Raynor 54 minutes), Nuttell (replaced Power 54 minutes), Reeson (replaced Lodge 66 minutes), Southwell (replaced Pawson 66 minutes).


Kiwomya, Academy, Quiz

15th February At 5.30pm today Andy Kiwomya left Boston United to join Ilkeston Town.

Tomorrow the Academy plays at home to the league leaders North Lincs College of Lincoln.

On Thursday a general knowledge quiz is being held in the Social Club, commencing at 8.00pm. The quiz will be for teams of four with an entry fee of £5.00.


Raynor, Noteman

12th February Boston United signed midfield player Paul Raynor from Ilkeston Town at 10.45 this morning; Paul has been captain of Ilkeston this season. Paul James Raynor was born in Nottingham on 29 April 1966; he is 6ft 0in tall. Paul's other occupation is a coach at Sheffield United. Information on his playing career is below:

Club

From

To

Fee

League

FA Cup

League

Cup

Ilkeston Town

01/08/1999

12/02/2000

Kettering Town

01/10/1998

31/05/1999

Leyton Orient

27/02/1998

01/10/1998

6 (9)

0 (0)

1 (1)

Cambridge United

11/09/1995

27/02/1998

75 (1)

8 (0)

0 (1)

Preston North End

23/07/1993

11/09/1995

£36,000

72 (7)

17 (0)

5 (1)

Cambridge United

10/03/1992

23/07/1993

Free

46 (3)

3 (0)

5 (0)

Wrexham

17/10/1988

Loan

6 (0)

0 (0)

0 (0)

Swansea

27/03/1987

10/03/1992

Free

170 (21)

35 (1)

12 (1)

Huddersfield Town

15/08/1985

27/03/1987

Free

38 (12)

11 (1)

3 (0)

Bristol Rovers

28/03/1985

Loan

7 (1)

0 (0)

0 (0)

Nottingham Forest

02/04/1984

15/08/1985

Apptce

3 (0)

0 (0)

1 (0)

Totals

Appearances

423

77

28

Goals

54

2

4

Kevin Noteman has joined Ilkeston Town.


Academy, Hayes

11th February The Academy beat RAF Brampton 2-1 on Wednesday, an own goal and Simon North scored the goals.

Boston United have signed midfielder Adi Hayes from Diss Town of the Jewson Premier League for £4000. Adrian Michael Hayes was born in Norwich on 22 May 1978, he is 6ft 1in tall. Adi was with Cambridge United from 1 August 1994 to 31 May 1998 and made over 30 Football League appearances, he signed for Kettering Town on 10 June 1998 and then joined Diss Town during March 1999.


Keeble, Friendly

10th February Boston United have signed Shaun Keeble who was released by King's Lynn last week. Shaun, age 29, made his debut for King's Lynn against Boston United 3 April 1999, after signing from Wisbech Town in April 1999 for £4000, after scoring 17 League and DM Cup goals for The Fenmen. Shaun was previously with Raunds Town for whom he scored 208 goals. King's Lynn transfer listed Shaun in October 1999 and loaned him to Raunds Town from whom returned after a month having scored one goal. Shaun's last match for King's Lynn was 29 January 2000 v Havant & Waterlooville.

Boston United have arranged a friendly fixture away to Holbeach United next Tuesday 15 February. The kick off at Carters Park is at 7.30pm.


Nuttell

9th February Micky Nuttell collected his fifth booking of the season at Margate on Saturday; therefore, he will be suspended for the match with Halesowen on 19 February.


Watts, Award

7th February Paul Watts was released from Margate hospital yesterday and is now recovering at home.

Steve Evans is the Dr Martens Premier Division Manager of the Month for January.


Watts

5th February Paul Watts was detained overnight in hospital in Margate due to concussion incurred in a clash of heads during the match.


Academy

4th February Last Night the Academy defeated Sleaford & District 8-1 in the Lincolnshire Charity Cup. In the quarter- final they are away to Appleby Frodingham with the match to be played before Sunday 2 April. The team was Cook, Harris, Fletcher, Ross, Trinder, Thornton, Markham, Harrison, Hunt, Elding and Kill. Substitutes: Donohue (replaced Kill 60 minutes) Fielding (replaced Markham 55 minutes), Murphy (replaced Hunt 55 minutes), Elsom (not used). The goalscorers were: Markham (30 minutes), Elding (32 and 90 minutes), Harris (56 and 88 minutes), Thornton (62 minutes), own goal (72 minutes), Harrison (80 minutes).

Four of the Academy (Dane Thornton, Anthony Elding, Joe Harris and Alan Ross) have been selected in the Lincolnshire U18 squad to play Nottinghamshire at Arnold Town on 17 February 2000.

Paul Casey has left Boston United to join Boston Town.


Academy

3rd February Yesterday the Academy lost 7-0 away to 22nd Regiment Royal Artillery at Kirton in Lindsey.


Away Travel

2nd February The first coach to Margate is full.

The coach to Merthyr Tydfil on 26 February will leave York Street at 8.00am, the return cost is £12.00, and 40 people are required for the coach to travel.

The coach to Havant & Waterlooville on 11 March will leave York Street at 9.30am, the return cost is £10.00, and 40 people are required for the coach to travel.

To book a seat contact the club office on 01205 364406.


No updates from 4th-6th February

1st February I will be away from my computer for the weekend, so there won't be any site updates from Friday up to Sunday night. Richard Burton has said he will put the result of the Margate game, along with the team sheet on this news page after he gets back to Boston late on Saturday night. With a bit of luck I should have all the League Tables, Stats, match report and video clip from the Margate match etc back up-to-date some time on Sunday night.


Wisbech Match

1st February Boston United Reserves have drawn 2-2 at Wisbech Town tonight. Leigh Taylor (65 minutes) and Nicky Reeson (88 minutes) scored the goals. John Luffman was in charge of the team.

Boston United Reserves: Crew, Melson, Walters, Watts, Pawson, Curtis, Reeson, Nicholls, Kiwomya, Power, Lodge. Substitutes: Taylor (replaced Nicholls 60 minutes) and Elding (not used).


David Norris

1st February David Norris today completed his transfer to Bolton Wanderers for a lucrative six-figure fee, following a successful medical examination.

The transfer negotiations also included a friendly fixture with Bolton Wanderers to be played on a date to be arranged.


Academy

30th January On Wednesday 2 February the Academy are away to 22nd Regiment Royal Artillery at Kirton in Lindsey.

On Thursday 3 February the Academy play Sleaford and District in the Lincolnshire Charity Cup at York Street, kick off is at 7.30pm, and the winners will be away to Appleby Frodingham.

Former goalkeeper Kevin Blackwell, is now Assistant Manager at Sheffield United.


David Norris

29th January Boston United have received two similar substantial offers for David Norris from Bolton Wanderers and Hibernian. David and his advisers have spoken to Sam Allardyce today and tomorrow he is flying to Edinburgh to talk to Hibernian.


Academy, Norris, Friendly, Margate

28th January On Wednesday the Academy beat RAF Chicksands 5-1. Glen Kill, Danny Harrison, Leigh Taylor, Hunt and Elsom scored the goals.

Last night David Norris played for Bolton Wanderers Reserves in their 3-2 victory over Leeds United Reserves in the Pontins League at the Reebok Stadium. It was a strong Leeds United teams, which featured £5M striker Darren Huckerby and Tommy Oren, a Norway Under 20 international midfielder on trial. It has been reported that David Norris had an impressive match.

 On Tuesday 1 February Boston United will play a friendly fixture away to Wisbech Town at the Fenland Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off.

On Saturday 5 February Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to Margate, leaving York Street at 8.30am, the return fare is £10.00. The reason for the early start is to enable supporters to have time in Margate to see the beach, harbour, shops, etcetera. The club require 40 people to run the coach, by today 27 people had already booked their seat. For more information contact the club office on 01205 364406.


Health & Safety

27th January York Street has recently been inspected by Boston Borough Council Health & Safety Officers and Lincolnshire Fire Service. The measures taken as a result of the inspections include:

  1. A rail has been installed at the back of the York Street Stand.
  2. The terraces at the townend have been repaired.
  3. Barriers have been installed on the floodlight pylons to prevent them being climbed by unauthorised personnel, with the wood generously supplied by Stantons Metsä Prima
  4. The York Stand has been designated No Smoking.

Last night Lincolnshire U18 lost 7-0 to Northamptonshire at Wyberton.


Lincolnshire

26th January Three players Alan Ross, Anthony Elding and Dane Thornton are representing Lincolnshire U18 tonight against Northamptonshire at Wyberton FC. Andrew Markham and Joe Harris were also selected but they had to pull out due to injury and illness.

Next Wednesday at York Street the Academy play against Sleaford and District in the Second Round of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup; kick off is at 7.30pm.

The outstanding Lincolnshire FA County Cup match with Grimsby Town is scheduled for Wednesday 9 February 2000 at York Street.


Norris, Reeson

25th January David Norris is training with Bolton Wanderers this week and is expected to take part in their Pontins League match with Leeds United at the Reebok Stadium on Thursday.

Appearing for the Reserves against Bottesford Town on Saturday was Nicky Reeson a new signing from Boston Town.


Martin Hardy

24th January Martin Hardy has joined Stamford AFC following the completion of his loan with Rothwell Town.


Appleby, Academy, Mrs Lily Blades

21st January Steve Appleby has been brought back from Spalding United today and is included in the squad for tomorrow's match with Crawley Town.

On Wednesday the Academy team won 4-3 at RAF Chicksands in the quarterfinal of the League Cup.

It is with great sadness that Boston United FC has to announce the sudden loss of Mrs Lily Blades following a short illness last Wednesday. Mrs Blades had been associated with the club for over fifty years and together with her daughter, Maureen, wife of former United player Geoff Snade, welcomed many a visiting director and guests as hosts in the boardroom. Only the previous Saturday, she had attended the home fixture against Margate. The Board of Directors wish to extend their sincere condolences to the family. The funeral will take place on Thursday, January 27th at 12.30pm at Boston Crematorium.


Reserves Mid-Season Assessment

20th January Success is a word on the tongue of every Boston United fan, player and official as the long run-in towards the end of the season begins. This is no different within the, sometimes forgotten, reserve team camp. With over half of their season completed United's second string are still unbeaten and have their eyes firmly set on bringing the Lincolnshire League title back to York Street.

The title is a goal they have been striving for since the reserve team was formed eight seasons ago but this year under the guidance of John Luffman they have a new cutting edge. Some of this is down to the large squad which Steve Evans has built and his attitude of not being afraid to play first teamers in the reserves. A fact that manager John Luffman wholeheartedly supports, "A reserve team is there for youngsters to break into and for first teamers to gain form and fitness and this is how our reserve team is now being run and rightly so. So of course some of our success is due to the fact that the likes of Martin Hardy, Andy Kiwomya and Steve Appleby have all played important roles for us throughout the season. Not only have the appearances of such players added that extra bit of quality but have also inspired the younger members of the reserve team squad to some admirable performances."

Indeed the youngsters must not become a forgotten piece of the jigsaw. The likes of Leigh Taylor, Gary Walters, Ricky Southwell and Anthony Elding have all gained first team experience during the current campaign and are all now becoming pivotal pieces in the reserve team set up. What must not be forgotten is that on many occasions Luffman has had to field a team of all youngsters who have not let him or Boston United down. "They have all been willing to listen and learn to both myself and the senior players and on the field have been prepared to work hard for each other," commented a proud Luffman.

With just over three months of the campaign left the question is whether the reserves can sustain such high levels of consistency. "If all the players of Boston United Football Club keep showing the same hunger and attitude both on and off the field then there is no reason why we can't still be unbeaten when the season comes to a close," commented John who is obviously relishing the chance to work with such quality players. Let's hope that come May both Steve Evans and John Luffman are still in high spirits and that two championships have eventually found their way to the York Street trophy cabinet wherever it may be.


Noteman

20th January Kevin Noteman has left Boston United by mutual consent. Kevin has obtained his first position in full-time employment since leaving professional football in the Manchester area and he has found it difficult to get to training and matches.


Academy

17th January Leigh Taylor was selected to play for the Lincolnshire Services League this afternoon for the semi-final of the National Services League Cup against London at RAF Cranwell. Andrew Markham and Ricky Southwell were also selected but due to illness and injury they were unable to take part.

On Wednesday the Academy team travels to RAF Chicksands in Bedfordshire for the quarterfinal of the Services League Cup, the match kicks off at 1.30pm.


Academy

13th January The Academy Team beat RAF Waddington 4-3 yesterday after being 3-1 down. Glen Kill and Anthony Elding (3) scored the goals; Anthony Elding also missed a penalty.


Timby, Coach

12th January Neil Timby broke his ankle during Boston United Reserves match with Hykeham Town on Saturday.

Boston United are hoping to run a supporters coach to the match with Crawley Town on Saturday 22 January, leaving York Street at 10.00am. The return fare is £8.00.


Stamford Match

11th January Stamford AFC defeated Boston United Reserves 2-1 in tonight's friendly fixture, Gary Walters scored the goal after 10 minutes. John Luffman was in charge of the team and BBC North filmed the match.

Boston United Reserves were: Crew, Melson, Lodge, Taylor, Pawson, Walters, Noteman, Appleby, Watts, Elding and Kiwomya. Substitutes: Dack (replaced Elding 75 minutes), Harrison (replaced Watts 46 minutes), Thornton (not used).

Appearing for Stamford were Martin Hardy, Darren Clyde, Matt Carmichael and Dave Venables.

Steve Evans was one of the winners of last night's Alphabet Forecast draw.


Hardy, Burnham

10th January Martin Hardy will make a guest appearance for Stamford AFC in tomorrow's friendly fixture.

Former player Jason Burnham has joined Cambridge City from Atherstone United due to financial cut backs at Atherstone.


Signing, Friendly, Television

7th January Boston United have signed Andy Lodge from Stamford AFC. The left-sided player, born 17 May 1978, was previously with Spalding United, Whittlesey United and Bury Town; he travels with the first team squad to Salisbury tomorrow.

Boston United will play a friendly fixture away to Stamford AFC next Tuesday (11 January 2000) at their Wothorpe Road ground with a 7.30pm kick off.

Boston United are scheduled to appear on BBC North next Friday (14 January 2000) after being filmed on Tuesday. The film will include scenes at the ground, the match with Stamford AFC, an interview with Steve Evans, and Paul Bastock at work during the day.


Player of the Month

6th January David Norris has been voter the Birmingham Sunday Mercury (grass roots newspaper) Dr Martens Premier League Player of the Month for November 1999. The award is sponsored by Banks Brewery.


Andy Lodge

5th January Boston United have put in seven days notice to Stamford AFC for their left wing-back Andy Lodge.


Leroy Chambers

28th December Today's Daily Telegraph has reported that Leroy Chambers has joined Kettering Town on loan.


Christmas Raffle

26th December The Boston United Grand Christmas Raffle was drawn on Monday 20 December 1999, the prizewinners are listed below. The prizes were donated by: Billingham's Bakery, Tim Ruck Agricultural Labour Supplies, P Malkinson, S Burgess, Mick Gooderson, S Malkinson, R Hackford, R Carrington, Hardy Farms, Ron Butler, Lincolnshire Standard Group, Booker Cash & Carry, Dunmore's Butchers, Mr A E Bell, Ali's Food Store, Stantons Metsä Prima, Peter Neidermeir.

PRIZE

NUMBER

WINNER

1

£100 IN Cash

0554

Munky

2

Christmas Hamper

1488

Cindy Clarkson

3

Christmas Hamper

0522

Ken Fox

4

Ladies & Gents Watches

0955

T Dunnington

5

Autographed Football

3619

Pete Jellett

6

Box of Selected Vegetables

1521

Dave Harness

7

£10 Meat Voucher

0720

Rob Singleton

8

Mini-Bar Collection

2754

Karren Barrack

9

Golf Umbrella

5262

Becky Thompson

10

Bottle of Whiskey

1374

M Broughton

11

Two Bottles of Red Wine

3937

G Kirk

12

Bottle of Lambrini

1620

Roy Yates

13

Christmas Cake

2121

Cherie Betts

14

Box of Dairy Box

3533

Max Kennedy

15

Bottle of Brandy

1527

D Oglesbee

16

Bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream

2751

Jane Reeson

17

Bottle of Blue Nun Wine

1672

Mike Shaw

18

Stantons Sweat Shirt

1663

H K Davis

19

Box of Biscuits

3206

Wilson

20

Bottle of Whiskey

0479

Colin Goddard

21

Stantons Sweat Shirt

0781

P Mountain

22

Bottle of Wine

2763

Carol Lawson

23

Magnum of Charlemagne

1796

Micky Nuttell

24

Box of Biscuits

0350

G Trigg

25

Bag of Onions

4159

Vic Rose

26

Stantons Polo Shirt

4133

A Everitt

27

Box of Baking Potatoes

1873

Gary Childs

28

Stantons Polo Shirt

2915

Laura Bastock

29

Bag of Onions

4956

J Groom

30

Stantons Polo Shirt

5044

Mrs B Lambert

31

Bag of Onions

0329

Sid Bee

32

Stantons Baseball Cap

4635

Niki Pickles

33

Stantons Polo Shirt

2340

Peter Charles

34

Heineken T-Shirt

2128

Sam Calladine

35

Stantons Polo Shirt

3084

Jackie Derby

36

Bag of Onions

2980

Mrs M Avison

37

Stantons Polo Shirt

4117

Roy Hackford

38

Heineken T-Shirt

2859

Wendy Taylor

39

Six Cans Tetley Bitter

1046

I Walker

40

Brace of Pheasants

3668

Mrs E Dockerill

41

Magnum of Charlemagne

3245

Mary Findull

42

Bag of Potatoes

0584

Roy Hackford

43

Bottle of Millenium Champagne

4312

M Chamberlain

44

Bottle of Wine

0454

Helena Saunby

45

T-Shirt & Drinks Bottle

2661

Keith Wright

46

World Cup Video Collection

2321

Richard Lander

47

Bottle of Millenium Champagne

1963

N Tobolik

48

Bottle of Millenium Champagne

2846

Lorna Mellor

49

Four Cans of Lager

4394

Bill Hicks

50

Cuddly Toy

5043

Mrs B Lambert

 


Dave Cusack

24th December Former Boston United Player Manager Dave Cusack has suffered a double neck fracture in a horror car crash in Essex on Monday morning, whilst returning to his home in Rayleigh, Essex. Dave's car skidded on black ice, overturned and ended up in a field. He was initially taken to Chelmsford Hospital, later he was taken to Romford's Oldchurch Hospital by ambulance with a police escort. On Thursday Dave underwent a very delicate five-hour operation, where the doctors planned to graft bone from his groin to his neck.

Dave is currently Football Director with Basildon United of the Schweppes Essex Senior League.


Townsend, Stride

23rd December BBC Radio Lincolnshire has reported that Steve Evans is in discussions with Andy Townsend and Brian Little of West Bromwich Albion, with a view to Andy Townsend joining Boston United for a month.

The Boston Standard has reported that Boston United have had a five figure bid for Burton Albion midfield player, Darren Stride, turned down by Nigel Clough.


Grantham, Appeal

22nd December Boston United's match away to Grantham Town on Monday 3 January 2000 has been designated a Category A match, which means that supporters will be segregated. Boston United supporters wishing to use the terraces should enter the ground using turnstiles 5 and 6 from the North End Car Park, and supporters wishing to have seats should use turnstile 4.

On 15 December 1999 Boston United appealed to the Lincolnshire FA regarding being thrown out of the Lincolnshire League Cup for allegedly fielding an illegible player (see item dated 15 December 1999). Boston United were represented by John Blackwell and John Luffman and there were two representatives from the Lincolnshire League. After considering written and verbal submissions the decision of the Board was:

  1. The appeal was properly lodged.
  2. The appeal be dismissed.
  3. The appeal fee to be retained.
  4. The Lincolnshire League to be reprimanded regarding the rules of the competition.

The Lincolnshire League asked for their costs to be paid but this was rejected.


Snow

21st December Boston United had an eventful return journey from Bath on Saturday. The team bus left Bath at 5.55pm and got stuck in snow between Bath and the M4, due to a jackknifed lorry. The police instructed the bus to wait in a layby whilst the road was cleared. After gritting lorries had cleared and treated the road the bus and other lorries were formed into a convoy. The bus cleared the snow near Worcester. Near Saxondale roundabout the bus developed a problem with its suspension and had to travel the rest of the way to Newark at 20mph. The people from Boston arrived back in Boston at 2.45am.

Meanwhile at Bath City their players were enjoying a Christmas Party, when the party ended some of the players had to spend the night in the dressing rooms as due to the snow they were unable to get home.

On Christmas Eve, Nickel, provide the entertainment in the Social Club.


Reserves

20th December Boston United Reserves match away to Lincoln United on Saturday was postponed due to Lincoln United being unable to raise a team. Lincoln United had telephoned Boston United at 5.00pm on Friday to say that due to the departure of five of their first team squad (Tony Simmons, Rick Wright, Brendan McDaid, Ady Barker and Andy Gray) to Grantham Town their reserve team players were required for their first team.


Academy Progress - a report by Chris Donkin

16th December As many of you know, the Boston College runs a Football For Life Scheme in collaboration with the Boston United Football Club. Under the arrangements for this scheme, 24 boys come to college to spend half of their time studying for a Diploma in Sport Science and the other half of their time as apprentice professional footballers. The coaching of the lads is taken by Chris Cook of Boston United. Last year was very successful from a football point of view. Five boys on the scheme played for the Boston United first team - these being Leigh Taylor, Ross Nichols, Danny Seager, Kieron Kelly and Ricky Southwell. However, on the academic side of things there were a number of issues. This year we feel that we have learnt many lessons from last seasonís experience and the academic side of the scheme is now equally as successful as the football side of the scheme. Retention rates have improved and many staff based on the De Montfort site have commented that this yearís footballers are a lot better behaved. On the football side of things, Leigh Taylor (National Diploma Sport Science year 2) has again represented the Boston United first team and 16 year old Anthony Elding (First Diploma Sport Science) has become part of the Boston United first team squad. Five boys from the scheme have represented Lincolnshire in the under 18 Inter County Cup competition. These lads are Joe Harris, Dane Thornton, Andy Markham, Alan Ross and Anthony Elding.

The Football For Life team play (as Boston United) in the Lincolnshire Services League on a Wednesday afternoon and are currently near the top of the table. Another Boston College team, comprising of mainstream college students also play in this league, albeit in Division 2, and under the tutelage of Brendon Rooney, they are comfortably placed in mid table. To emphasise the link between the College and the football club this side compete under the name of Boston United Reserves. It is now possible for a late developer to progress from our mainstream provision to the Academy via the Reserves route.

The college student team recently reached the final of the Lincolnshire County Colleges Cup competition. Although our boys lost 1-0 to North Lincolnshire College, the team played well and were a credit to the college. Indeed all of our student teams have conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion and have drawn many favourable comments from opposition teams. The RAF teams in particular are always very impressed at the way our students conduct themselves when fulfilling fixtures against the various RAF base sides. This feedback is a great compliment to our staff (John Rees, Chris Cook and Brendon Rooney) who always make sure that the lads are kept "on task".

With many of the Football For Life lads establishing themselves in the Boston United Reserve team, the future looks bright for Boston United .... and for the scheme.


King's Lynn, Appeal, Tickets

15th December The York Street ground will be segregated for the match with King's Lynn on Monday 27 December 1999, with similar arrangements as for the match with Burton Albion.

Colin Hoyle will be suspended for the match with King's Lynn; he collected his fifth booking of the season at Atherstone on Saturday, which has entailed a one-match suspension.

Boston United are appearing before the Lincolnshire FA tonight after appealing against a decision of the Lincolnshire League to throw Boston United Reserves out of the Lincolnshire League Cup after beating Horncastle Town 5-0 on Saturday 19 October 1999. The Lincolnshire League have said that one of Boston United's players, Chris Frost, was not registered in time to play in the Cup although he had played in the League the previous Saturday. Chris Frost is an Academy player who came on as a substitute in the 85th minute when the score was already 5-0.

Boston United are selling Half Season Tickets for the remainder of the season in the Dr Martens League, they will make an ideal Christmas present for supporters. For more details contact John Blackwell on 01205 364406.


Segregation, Academy

14th December The match at Bath City on Saturday will be segregated for all visiting supporters due to Police instructions. All Boston United supporters should enter the Twerton Park using Turnstile 17 only, which will also enable access to the Family Stand.

Tomorrow's scheduled match for the Academy team has been postponed due to the heavy state of the York Street pitch.

The duo Thriller provides the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday.


Fixture, Camera, Academy

10th December The away match with Worcester City has been re-arranged, it was originally scheduled for Monday 24 January 2000, due to Worcester's commitments in the Dr Martens League Cup, it has now been scheduled for Monday 27 March 2000 with a 7.45pm kick off.

Boston United are looking for more people to operate the video camera during matches, with the aim of forming a rota of operators. The film is shown on the big screen in the Social Club, the goals are added to the Website and Steve Evans uses the films to analyse the matches. If you would like to assist the club please contact Social Club Steward Dave Munk in the club or telephone 01205 362967.

On Wednesday the Academy team beat RAF Brampton 2-1. In the evening Lincolnshire U18 defeated Huntingdonshire U18 3-2, Boston United players Joe Harris, Alan Ross, Anthony Elding and Dane Thornton represented Lincolnshire with Anthony Elding scoring two of the goals. Andrew Markham was also due to play but he had to pull out due to injury.


Floodlights

9th December So far approximately £300.00 has been collected to assist with replacing the broken floodlight bulbs. When there is suitable weather the broken bulbs will be replaced.

The Academy players are seeking sponsors, Director Roy Hackford is sponsoring Anthony Elding for £20.00 per month, for more information contact Chris Cook on 01205 350144 or cookie@ccps.freeserve.co.uk


Another Loan

8th December Johnny Walker has been loaned to Rothwell Town.


On Loan

7th December Steve Appleby has been loaned to Spalding United, he is expected to make his debut for Spalding at home to Sittingbourne tonight.

Former player Matt Carmichael has been dismissed as caretaker-manager of Grantham Town.

The Status Bros provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 11 December.


Away Travel, FA XI

6th December Boston United have an important Dr Martens League match away at Bath City on Saturday 18 December, for which they are hoping to travel to Bath the day before and stay overnight. To assist with the journey the club are looking for a sponsor, the sponsorship will include travelling with the team to the match. If you can help with the sponsorship please contact John Blackwell on 01205 364406.

The three players who had been selected for the Dr Martens representative squad (Paul Bastock Mark Rawle and David Norris), to play a FA representative squad at VS Rugby's Butlin Road ground. on Tuesday 7 December have all pulled out of the match through injury.

The Academy team plays away to RAF Brampton on Wednesday.


Fixtures

1st December The Lincolnshire FA County Cup semi-final match with Grimsby Town, which has been postponed twice, has now been scheduled for Wednesday 9 February 2000.

On 15 December the Academy team play at home to Sleaford and District in the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup second round with a 7.30pm kick off.


Segregation

29th November Following discussions with Boston Police, in view of a small amount of trouble during the previous home game with Tamworth, and an incident at Clevedon Town on Saturday, the top of the table fixture with Burton Albion on Saturday will be a Category A Fixture with segregation for visiting supporters. Burton Albion supporters will use the Town End of the ground, with Boston United supporters entering the ground through Turnstiles A and B at the York Street end of the ground only.


Match Off

26th November Tomorrow's Lincolnshire League match between Boston United Reserves and Barton Town has been postponed due to the state of the York Street pitch. The pitch was inspected at 1.00pm today by the match referee.


Mascot

24th November Boston United's character mascot "Lenny The Lion", who leads the team out and entertains the fans before a match has a new sponsor. Corals, the nationwide bookmakers have come forward from the local Boston Market Place branch to sponsor Lenny with a kit that will carry their name on the front and back together with the clubs main sponsor Stantons Metsä Prima.

Lenny in his new Corals sponsored kit will take the field against second placed Burton Albion on Saturday 4 December.


Match Off

23rd November Tomorrow's Lincolnshire FA County Cup match with Grimsby Town has been postponed due to the pitch being ripped up during Saturdays Lincolnshire League match with Epworth Town. Boston United were concerned about the pitch and contacted the Lincolnshire FA who requested the match referee, Martin Short of Grantham, to inspect the pitch. After a lengthy inspection Mr Short had no hesitation in calling the match off. The match will now be played at a later date.

The group, Wanderers, provides the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 27 November.


Lincs FA Squad

22nd November Andrew Markham, Dane Thornton and Anthony Elding have been selected for the Lincolnshire FA Under 18 Squad for two matches in the East Midlands Youth Competition. The first match is against Sheffield and Hallamshire at Winterton Rangers on 1 December 1999 and the second away to Huntingdonshire at Somersham Town on 8 December 1999.


Fixture, Dobbin

18th November Boston United have re-arranged a fixture to be away to Worcester City on Monday 24 January 2000.

Jim Dobbin has joined Whitby Town of the Unibond League.

Yesterday's match for the Academy team was cancelled, as the Lincolnshire Police were unable to raise a team due to work commitments.


Floodlights

17th November Boston United have introduced a fund-raising initiative named the Floodlight Repair Scheme, with the purpose of replacing the broken floodlight bulbs.

Supporters pledge a sum of money for one of the old floodlight bulbs, the supporters who pledge the highest amounts will receive one of the old bulbs as a souvenir.

For more information contact John Blackwell on 01205 364406.


FA, Hardy

16th November Paul Bastock, Mark Rawle and David Norris have been selected for the Dr Martens representative squad to play a FA representative squad at VS Rugby's Butlin Road ground. on Tuesday 7 December.

The Dr Martens League Bulletin has reported that Martin Hardy has joined Rothwell Town on loan.

In this month's edition of Total Football magazine, there is an article giving the results of a readers survey, regarding the best/most important goal ever scored by all the league clubs. Lincoln City's "Greatest Ever Goal" was scored by Phil Brown. It was the goal that clinched the Conference championship in 1988. Also, Paul Casey is credited with the assist for that goal. Furthermore, a goal against Boston United in the same year is also shortlisted among Lincoln's finest, another Phil Brown effort. Elsewhere in the magazine, there is a short piece profiling the career of ex-Boston midfielder Bobby Brown, who was around in the Howard Wilkinson era.

Take Cover, a vocal duo provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 20 November.


Fixture

9th November Boston United have re-arranged a fixture for Saturday 27 November, and are now away to Clevedon Town.

Saturday's match with Tamworth kicks off at 12.30pm due to the Scotland versus England match at Hampden Park. The Euro 2000 Qualifying match can be seen on the big screen in the Social Club, as can the return fixture on the following Wednesday.

There is a Sports Quiz in the Social Club on Thursday 25 November.

Kudos provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 13 November.


Slinn

8th November Former Pilgrim Kevin Slinn scored all three goals for Raunds Town in their 3-2 victory against Aston Villa in a friendly game last week. The Villa side included Paul Merson, Stan Collymore, Mark Draper, Steve Stone, Alan Wright and Steve Watson.


Floodlights

7th November Directors Roy Hackford and Dick Carrington have today replaced two of the floodlight bulbs, which were not working on the pylon near the main Snack Bar. Roy and Dick hope to replace the remaining broken bulbs over the next few weeks. Each floodlight bulb uses 2000 watts, there are 12 bulbs on each pylon and each bulb costs over £100.00.


Power

5th November New signing, Lee Power, is included in the squad for tomorrow's match with Dorchester.


Striker

3rd November Boston United have completed a club record transfer fee to obtain the registration of Lee Power from Halifax Town. Lee was born in Lewisham on 30 June 1972, he is 6ft tall. Earlier in his career Lee appeared for Norwich City in their UEFA Cup match with Inter Milan.

Lee's playing career record is:

Club

From

To

Fee

League

FA Cup

League Cup

Halifax Town

14/01/1999

02/11/1999

Free

14 (6)

4 0 (0)

0 0 (1)

Halifax Town

11/12/1998

10/01/1999

Loan

3 (2)

1 0 (0)

0 0 (0)

Plymouth Argyle

24/07/1998

14/01/1999

Free

7 (9)

0 0 (0)

0 1 (1)

Ayr United

27/03/1998

14/01/1998

0 (4)

0 0 (0)

0 0 (0)

Hibernian

20/03/1997

27/03/1998

£100,000

8 (2)

2 0 (0)

0 1 (0)

Dundee

01/12/1996

20/03/1997

3 (0)

4 3 (0)

2 0 (0)

Peterborough United

26/07/1995

01/12/1996

£80,000

25 (13)

6 1 (2)

0 2 (2)

Milwall

09/01/1995

Loan

Bradford City

08/03/1994

26/07/1995

£200,000

14 (16)

5 0 (2)

1 0 (2)

Portsmouth

15/10/1993

Loan

1 (1)

0 0 (0)

0 0 (0)

Sunderland

13/08/1993

Loan

1 (2)

0 0 (0)

0 2 (0)

Charlton Athletic

04/12/1992

Loan

5 (0)

0 0 (0)

0 0 (0)

Norwich City

06/07/1990

08/03/1994

28 (16)

10 0 (1)

0 1 (0)

Totals

Appearances

180

9

13

Goals

32

3

2


Pascoe

2nd November Former player, Jason Pascoe, who is now with Hucknall Town, will be holding a benefit game at Watnall Road on Monday 8th November, when he will choose a team to play against a very strong Mansfield side. It looks like Jason could be out of the game for at least this season, and possibly longer, after serious damage to knee ligaments. Entry will only be £2, and Jason is hoping to put together a decent side from players he has been fortunate to play with. Confirmed so far are - Colin Hoyle (Boston United) - Robbie Curtis (Welbeck) - Darren Bloodworth (Wisbech) - Tony Agana (Guiseley) - Ian Stringfellow (Cambridge City) - Ernie Moss, Chris James, Steve Circuit (all Gainsborough Trinity), Richard Flint (Eastwood), Colin Thacker, Jamie Hardwick (Clipstone).

The Rockin Daddys, a rock n roll band, provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 6 November.


Tamworth

1st November The kick off time for Boston United's match with Tamworth on 13 November has been brought forward to 12.30pm to avoid a clash with the live coverage of the Scotland versus England match at Hampden Park. After the match the Scotland versus England match will be shown on the big screen in the Social Club.

Two referees turned up at Meadow Park, Gloucester for Saturday's match; there was a referee from Andover as well as the match referee, Mr Harjender Singh, from West Bromwich.


Steve Charles

29th October Boston United are hoping to sign Steve Charles from Gainsborough Trinity in time for tomorrow's match at Gloucester City.


Striker, Tamworth

28th October Boston United are talking to a striker with a view to signing him ready to play in Saturday's match at Gloucester City. The striker has played at the highest level.

Boston United have contacted Tamworth, by telephone and letter, to request a change in the kick off time for the match on Saturday 13 November which clashes with the Scotland versus England match at Hampden Park. The request has been turned down by Tamworth manager, Paul Hendry, who has said that Tamworth will only kick off at 3.00pm on the original date.

Attempts are being made to re-arrange a match for Saturday 27 November.


Golf

26th October This week saw Boston United build upon the success of their annual Boston United Invitational Golf Tournament. Moving onto new horizons and a new event, the inaugural Autumn Texas Scramble was held at Boston West Golf Club.

Facilities at Boston West continue to improve every year and players were able to take advantage of a break in the recent bad weather as they attempted to tame the course. Texas Scramble is a popular format but pairs is a far different proposition to that of a four-man team event. True, you have a "second chance" but if the first player is wayward, his partner is left with a "pressure shot" and with holes like the demanding par 3 third, this is not an enviable task.

The first nine holes in the morning saw half a dozen pairs around one over par gross with the surprise package of manager Steve Evans and Pat Malkinson well placed a couple of shots back. Over the back nine however, players began to feel the pressure and as the scores came in, Boston West members, Alan Green and Steve Larthwell headed the leaderboard with 63.7, ahead of Gary Frost and Ian Taylor on a countback.

Their hopes were dashed though at the death though as Colin Woodcock, playing with Boston West member Phil Walker came in with an equal best of the day, gross 74, nett 62 to win convincingly.

Highlight of the day was Alphonso Parla's superb eagle 3 at the par 5 first hole where he followed his huge drive with a three wood to five feet and made the putt.

Manager Steve Evans presented the prizes and kept all and sundry entertained with his usual range of "off the cuff" quips and footballing tales. The event was a great success and United now look forward to holding a similar event next year over Boston West's newly expanded course.

Leaderboard

  1. C Woodcock & P Walker 74 gross 62.0 nett
  2. A Green & S Larthwell 77 / 63.7
  3. G Frost & I Taylor 74 / 63.7
  4. A Dawson & J Barrs 78 / 64.0
  5. A Malkinson & R Lenton 74 / 64.7
  6. P Keal & N Sleaford 82 / 64.7
  7. T Frost & A Parla 76 / 66.3
  8. S Emery & D Bradley 77 / 67.0
  9. R Greswell & D Dawson 75 / 68.0
  10. I Booth & J Ceeve 82 / 69.3

Longest drive AM A Malkinson

Longest drive PM A Green

Nearest pin AM N Sleaford

Nearest pin PM G Frost


Walker

23rd October In today's match with Bath City, Johnny Walker from Kingstonian played for Boston United.

Former player, Neil Featherstone, has been released by Grantham Town.


Porter

21st October Gary Porter has been released by Boston United.

Just One Look provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 23 October.


FA Disciplinary Commission

18th October Steve Evans appeared before a FA Disciplinary Commission at Birmingham City's St Andrews ground earlier today, as a result of a charge brought by the referee at the match with Ilkeston Town on Monday 30 August. After a two hour hearing Steve Evans was found not guilty.

Boston United have contacted Tamworth to discuss re-arranging the fixture scheduled for Saturday 13 November in order to avoid a clash with the Scotland versus England match at Hampden Park which kicks off at 2.00pm, the reply from Tamworth is still to be received.

The Boston United Annual Christmas Draw tickets are now on sale at £1.00 per book, they can be purchased from the club offices.

Following their win against Horncastle Town on Saturday, the Reserves have drawn at home to Epworth Town in the quarter final of the Lincolnshire League Challenge Cup, the match is to be played before 4 December 1999.

On Wednesday the Academy team play away to North Lincolnshire College, kick off at 2.00pm.


FA Cup

17th October Following yesterday's 0-0 draw with Kingstonian in the FA Cup sponsored by AXA Fourth Qualifying Round, the replay will take place at York Street on Wednesday 20 November with a 7.45pm kick off.

The admission prices will be the same as yesterday, £10.00 for admission to the Stantons Stand with no concessions; admission to the terraces will cost £8.00 with a concessionary price of £6.00 for OAPs and Juveniles.

The draw for the First Round was made yesterday with Kingstonian or Boston United being drawn away to Luton Town on Saturday 30 October.


Slinn, Fixtures, Academy

14th October Kevin Slinn is expected to leave Boston United to sign for Raunds Town for a small fee later today. If the paperwork is completed on time Kevin is scheduled to play in the top of the table fixture with Folkestone Invicta on Saturday.

The Dr Martens League Cup fixture with Wisbech Town has been re-arranged for Wednesday 3 November at York Street. The match has been brought forward from Wednesday 17 November to avoid a clash with the England versus Scotland match at Wembley in the play-off match to qualify for the Euro 2000 Tournament. Boston United are waiting to hear from Dr Martens League officials regarding the kick off time for the Scotland versus England match at Hampden Park on Saturday 13 November. Boston United are due to be at home to Tamworth on the same day and if there is a clash, Tamworth will be approached about playing the match at a different date or time.

Yesterday the Academy team drew 1-1 with an Academy team from the Manchester area. The Academy team was: Frasier, Ross, Fletcher, Southwell, Pawson, Murphy, Kuhn, Taylor, Tate, Hunt, Kill, with substitutes: Frost, Donohue, Snell and Cook. Chris Frost scored the goal.


Trophy, Reserves, Sedlam

11th October Leigh RMI have been drawn at home to Worksop Town in the next round of the FA Trophy.

On Saturday the Reserves fielded a young team, due to first team call-ups and unavailability of some regular players, it was almost an Academy team, but they still won 8-1 at Bottesford Town.

According to the Dr Martens League Bulletin Jason Sedlam has joined Wisbech Town.


West

10th October Colin West has joined Northwich Victoria, together with former Liverpool goalkeeper, Bruce Grobbelaar.


Curtis, Academy

8th October Lennie Curtis may be unavailable to two weeks as a result of the calf injury he suffered last week against Purfleet.

On Wednesday the Academy team won 6-1 against 22nd Regiment Royal Artillery at Kirton in Lindsey.

21 teams took part in last night's Football Quiz in the Social Club, which was won by the Singleton family, Rob Singleton of the Target, Barbara Singleton of the Lincolnshire Echo together with their son Craig.


College

6th October A group of students from Boston College have arranged to spend the day with Boston United on Wednesday 27 October to observe the preparations for that evening's mach with Cambridge City. They will observe such things as the pitch being marked, flags raised, snack bars being prepared, golden goal tickets and match programmes distributed, the kit set out in the dressing room, etcetera.


Cups

5th October The first supporter's coach for Saturday's F A Trophy match at Leigh RMI is now full and tickets are now being sold for the second coach.

Supporter's coaches are being organised for the FA Cup match with Kingstonian; tickets cost £7.50 for the return journey and the coaches will leave York Street at 10.00am. The first coach is sold out. Tickets for the coaches can be obtained from the club offices.

Kingstonian will charge £10.00 for admission to the stand with no concessions; admission to the terraces will cost £8.00 with a concessionary price of £6.00 for OAPs and Juveniles. Admission to the match is by paying on the day; tickets are not being sold in advance. If a replay is required it will take place at York Street on Wednesday 20 October at 7.30pm with the same admission prices being charged.

Social Club Steward, Dave Munks, is still looking for someone to operate the video camera at matches to enable the action to be shown on the big screen in the Social Club.

The re-arranged Lincolnshire FA County Cup match with Grimsby Town is scheduled for Wednesday 24 November 1999 at York Street.

Déjà vu will provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 9 October; this will be a preview of the entertainment planned for the Millenium New Year's Eve. The Social Club is hosting a Programme Fair on Sunday 10 October, which will feature the first display of the Boston United Card Set.


Kingstonian

3rd October Kingstonian's Website has reported that their striker, David Leworthy, was sent off in their match with Stevenage on 25 September and is likely to be suspended for the FA Cup match with Boston United.

Kingstonian's ground has a capacity of 5000 with cover for 1600 and 680 seats, and their car park has 280 spaces.


Academy

30th September Yesterday the Academy team lost 2-0 at RAF Chicksands, they put in a good performance, dominated the game but conceded two bad goals.

In the next round of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup the Academy team are at home to Sleaford and District with the match to be played before 26 November.


FA Cup, Leigh RMI, Video

28th September The admission prices for this Saturday's FA Cup match with Purfleet are Stantons Stand: £5.50 and £4.50; Terraces: £5.00 and £4.00. There will be no 'Kids for a Quid' vouchers as there is a FA rule that there can be no concessionary prices below £4.00.

Tickets are being sold for the supporter's coaches for the FA Trophy match at Leigh RMI; the first coach is almost full.

Tomorrow the Academy make their longest journey of the season when they travel to RAF Chicksands near Shefford, Bedfordshire for a Lincolnshire Services League match.

The band 'Look Don't Touch' provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 2 October.

The video camera, supplied by Yates & Greenhough and Panasonic, is to be used by Scott Dalton to record pre-match interviews with Steve Evans, which will then be shown on the big screen in the Social Club before and after matches. The club is still searching for someone to operate the camera to record home and away matches, this would enable the goals scored at away matches to be seen by those supporters who were unable to attend. If you know anyone who would be willing to operate the camera please contact Dave Munks on 01205 362967.


Grimsby Town, Academy, FA Cup

27th September At a meeting of the Lincolnshire FA last Thursday Grimsby Town explained their reasons for being unable to raise a team for the semi-final match with Boston United last month. The result was that the Lincolnshire FA have decide that the match will be replayed at Boston on a date to be arranged between now and Christmas, Grimsby Town have also been asked to consider paying Boston United's expenses for the match which was called off.

On Saturday five members of the Academy squad played for Lincolnshire away to the Isle of Man in the FA County Youth Cup at Douglas. Lincolnshire lost 2-1 after dominating the game.

If a replay is required for this Saturday's FA Cup third qualifying round match with Purfleet, it will be at Purfleet on Monday 4 October at 7.45pm


Noteman

25th September According to Ilkeston Town's Website Kevin Noteman did not play for them in their FA Cup match with Solihull Borough last Saturday and is therefore not cup-tied.


Noteman, West

24th September Kevin Noteman signed for Boston United from Ilkeston Town this morning.

Kevin was born in Preston on 15 October 1969, he is 5ft 10in tall. Kevin's career began as a trainee with Leeds United on 13 June 1968 he didn't make any first team appearances and moved to Doncaster Rovers for £10000 on 10 November 1989 where he made 116 appearances and scored 24 goals. On 27 March 1992 Kevin moved to Mansfield Town for £25000 where he made 105 appearances and scored 15 goals. A free transfer on 1 September 1995 took Kevin to Chester City where he made 70 appearances

Steve Evans is involved in talks with Colin West of Rushden & Diamonds.


Noteman

23rd September Boston United Reserves' team for last night's match with Wyberton featured Kevin Noteman who has appeared for Ilkeston Town this season and scored for them in their victory over Boston United on 30 August 1999.

During the above match goalkeeper Nick Maddison was taken to hospital with concussion but was later released.

Tonight at York Street the Academy team have beaten Glebe Park Rangers 11-0 in the first round of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup.


David Gilbert

22nd September Former player David Gilbert has been dismissed as player/manager of Grantham Town, Matt Carmichael takes over as caretaker manager.


FA Cup

21st September Boston United will play Purfleet in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup following Purfleet's 1-0 victory over Banbury United tonight; the goal was scored in the 80th minute. The match will be at York Street on Saturday 2 October.


Nuttell, Crown Rust

21st September Micky Nuttell will commence a three-match suspension on Saturday 25 September following his dismissal against Halesowen Town.

The grass at York Street has recently caught the disease Crown Rust due to the humid weather and the stands at York Street not being conducive to a good flow of air to the pitch. Director Roy Hackford applied fertilizer to the grass last weekend, which should cure the Crown Rust.

Steve Greenhough will provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 25 September.

There will be a Football Quiz in the Social Club on Thursday 7 October with the questions set by David Ladyman, competed for by teams of four. To enter a team and for more details contact John Blackwell on 01205 364406.

A Programme Fair to be held in the Social Club on Sunday 10 October (10.30am to 2.30pm) will feature seven dealers and the first appearance of the Boston United Card Set.

Tuesday 28 September will see the Boston Tuesday Darts League Finals taking place in the Social Club.


FA Cup, Academy

20th September The draw for the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup was made earlier today it included Kingstonian versus Boston United or Purfleet or Banbury United. The match is to be played on Saturday 16 October.

Yesterday at York Street the Academy team beat the Rotterdam Fire Service 4-2.

On Saturday in the FA County Youth Cup Lincolnshire (last seasons semi-finalists) have been drawn away to the Isle of Man FA. Andrew Markham, Dane Thornton, Danny Harrison, and Anthony Elding are in the squad who will travel to Douglas on Friday.


FA Cup

18th September Boston United's opponents in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup has still to be decided as Purfleet and Banbury United produced a 0-0 draw today. The match will be replayed on Tuesday 21September at Banbury United's ground to decide who will visit York Street on 2 October.

Tomorrow at York Street a team from the Rotterdam Fire Service will play the Academy team, kick off at 11.00am with free admission.

On Friday 3 December a Buffet, Disco and karaoke is being held in the Social Club, commencing at 7.30pm, organised by the Pilgrim Independent Supporters Association. Tickets are £5.00.


Shirts

17th September The new replica shirts featuring Stantons Metsä Prima logo are now in stock. The shirts can be purchased from the club office and cost £29.95 for adult shirts and £22.95 for children's shirts.


Curtis, Dobbin

16th September Lennie Curtis has re-joined Boston United from Gainsborough Trinity; he signed before last night's match with Horncastle Town and then took part in a 7-2 victory for the Reserves. Lennie will be ineligible for Saturday's FA Cup match with Oldbury Town, he is expected to play for the Reserves against Nettleham. Last night's match also featured Jim Dobbin the 36 year old former Grimsby Town player who has played for Gainsborough Trinity this season.

Yesterday the Academy side lost 3-1 to RAF Coningsby, which was a very creditable performance as the team was under strength due to five players being included in the Lincolnshire U18 squad for a match with East Riding.

The Green Bottle Bank is now in place in the York Street car park.


County Cup

15th September Grimsby Town have requested a personal hearing to explain why they were unable to raise a team for the semi-final of the Lincolnshire FA County Cup last month. The hearing has been scheduled for Thursday 23 September.


Leigh, Norris

14th September Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to the FA Trophy match at Leigh RMI on Saturday 9 October, leaving York Street at 10.45am, the cost will be £7.50. To reserve your seat contact the club office on 01205 364406.

Supporter Phil Birkett has reported that David Norris has been training with Barnsley and has impressed their management.

The band 'All That Money' provides the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 18 September.


Watts, Hoyle

13th September Paul Watts was taken to hospital on Saturday following his fall against a perimeter fence at Halesowen. The hospital suspected Paul had fractured his leg, put it in plaster and released him at 6.45pm. Today Paul visited Skegness hospital for another examination where it was discovered that he has not fractured his leg but he has incurred ligament damage, and his leg was put in plaster again for a further 10 days.

Colin Hoyle has received a three-match suspension, commencing on Tuesday 21 September, following his dismissal in the match with Burton Albion.

The Reserves are in action at York Street on Wednesday against Horncastle Town.


Departures

10th September Andy Taylor has joined Wisbech Town.

Jason Burnham has been loaned to Atherstone United.

Due to huge travelling and work commitments Ian Stringfellow has joined Cambridge City.


Martin Hardy, Bus, Quiz

7th September Martin Hardy rejoined Boston United today and was immediately named as a substitute for tonight's match at Burton Albion.

The supporter's coach for tonight's match with Burton Albion travelled with 27 supporters. The cost of the coach is being subsidised by Boston United with the aim of attracting more supporters to travel to future away matches.

A Football Quiz is to be held in the Social Club on Thursday 7 October. The quiz will be contested by teams of four, with an entry fee of £5.00 per team.

A Programme Fair is to be held in the Social Club on Sunday 10 October commencing at 10.30am. The first public display of the cigarette cards of Boston United players is expected to be at the fair.

Dunkin' Biscuits, a band from Lincoln, will provide the entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 11 September. The Stag Night is taking place on Friday 10 September. The Members Free Draw is expected to have a prize of £75.00 this Saturday. There is free entry to the Social Club for members on match days; donations from non-members will be gratefully received.

Dave Munks is still looking for someone to operate the video camera to film matches, if you can help contact Dave on 01205 362967 for more information.


FA Cup

6th September In today's draw for the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup Boston United or Oldbury United have been drawn at home to Purfleet or Banbury Town. The match is to take place on Saturday 2 October 1999.


FA Cup

4th August Boston United will be at home to Oldbury United in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round on Saturday 18 September, following Oldbury's 2-0 victory over Stratford Town earlier today.


Atherstone

3rd September For tomorrow's match with Atherstone Gary Porter may be available for selection after recovering from a new injury, but David Rennie Gary Childs and David Norris may need fitness tests.


Away Travel, Slinn

1st September Boston United are hoping to run buses to the following forthcoming away matches:

Burton Albion £7.00 leave York Street at 5.15pm.

Halesowen Town £7.50 leave York Street at 10.30am.

To order your ticket call Boston United on 01205 364406.

On-loan Pilgrim Kevin Slinn scored two goals and former Pilgrim Dave Venables got another as Pilgrims manager Steve Evans' former club Stamford AFC won 3-1 against Baldock Town on Monday to go top of the Dr. Martens League Eastern Division.


Video

31st August Yates & Greenhough and Panasonic have supplied Boston United with a video camera, which will be used to record highlights of matches, team announcements by Steve Evans, Steve's opinions of matches, and other club news. The video will then be replayed on the big screen in the Social Club. Dave Munks, Social Club Bar Manager, is looking for sponsors for the video already Michael Small Electrical has arranged to sponsor a video along with Yates & Greenhough and Panasonic. For more details contact Dave during the evening on 01205 362967.

Vagabond provide the entertainment in the Social Club this weekend on Sunday 5 September.

Tickets are going fast for the Stag Night (Friday 10 September) and a Girls Night (Friday 17 September), both events will feature two strippers and a comedian.


Radio Coverage

28th August Today's match with Clevedon Town was given full match coverage by BBC Radio Lincolnshire, commentary was by Scott Dalton and Michael Hortin (sports producer BBC Radio Lincolnshire) with expert analysis by Chris Cook. BBC Radio Lincolnshire's phone-in programme, Extra Time, was also broadcast live from York Street between 5.00pm and 6.00pm.

Ilkeston Town have signed Grimsby Town goalkeeper, Andrew Love, on a temporary transfer basis. Love is 6ft 1in tall and has made 12 Football League appearances for Grimsby Town.

After conceding nine goals in their first two matches, Salisbury City have signed goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall from Swindon Town on a temporary transfer basis.


Ian Stringfellow

27th August Ian Stringfellow is expected to begin his come back from an achillies tendon injury for the Reserves away to BRSA Retford tomorrow. Gary Childs is available for first team selection again.


Forum, Reserves, Greg Fee

26th August Following the Forum last week Director Roy Hackford gives his personal views and the resulting messages which appeared on Pilgrims Patter.

"It was just over 12 months ago when I was asked to join the Board of Directors at Boston United and on that occasion I personally felt very proud; to have worked for the club over the last 25 years on a voluntary basis, raising money and helping around the ground. I believe my work had been recognised and rewarded by my appointment.

"As a Director I, together with fellow Director Colin Woodcock represented the Board at the recent Forum held in the Social Club. As many supporters will know, I will listen to any constructive criticism made about improvements, I myself will criticise points I do not agree with. But I believe the Forum organised last Friday was basically a shambles, I personally felt very disappointed for the majority of fans who had gone along to have an enjoyable evening listening to the ideas and thoughts of Steve Evans and Trevor Quow about his present squad and the future, and possibly Steve could have thrown in a few of his 'colourful' football stories.

"But a few supporters lowered the evening to a 'slanging ' match directed at the Directors and the General Manager. How could Colin and myself conduct constructive discussions about ideas and views? The comments being made were very heated with the supporters involved not accepting any type of reply.

"Unfortunately I do not have the influx of capital to help the club's financial situation, but I am sure with the success of Steve, Trevor, and his present squad, a good run in the FA Cup and continued League success that many of the downfalls we as a club have, could be corrected with the help of everyone.

"As one of the new Directors I feel my rapport with the supporters will help me get views put across to the Board of Directors for consideration, we all have Boston United at heart and want a successful club and progress to the Football Conference and further up the pyramid.

"In closing I would however like to congratulate Ken Fox and his assistant Richard Burton on the excellent work put into the Website, it must the envy of many Nationwide League clubs for its content and information."

John Luffman has taken over from Mark Shackleton as Reserve Team Manager following Mark's promotion at work, which has necessitated a move away from the area, John, has been Mark's assistant for the past three seasons. Steve Evans offered the position to John last week. The policy of the Reserves this season is to keep first team squad members fit and ready for action. John would like supporters who are unable to follow the first team away to come to York Street to support the Reserves.

Former player/manager Greg Fee is currently playing for Emley in the Unibond League.

Former players Darren Bloodworth and Trevor Slack have been appointed Manager and Assistant Manager of Wisbech Town.


Reserves, Academy

24th August The Reserves match at Skegness Town tomorrow has a 6.30pm kick off.

Former player Simon Bailey played against the Reserves for Grimsby & Immingham Amateurs on Saturday.

The Academy players have gone to Grafham Water for a training camp. This season there are 14 new members of the Academy and eight members remaining from last season.

In the Social Club on Saturday 28 August the band Tripel XXX will provide the entertainment, then on Sunday 29 August the band Tut make their appearance. The Members Free Prize Draw being held on Saturday evenings currently has a prize of £65.00. The Boston and District Darts Finals are to be held in the Social Club on Friday 3 September. Coming soon is a Sports Quiz.


Forum

21st August Last night's Managers Forum was compered by Chris Cook and the panel comprised Steve Evans, Trevor Quow, Colin Woodcock (Director and Company Secretary) and Roy Hackford (Director). Below are some of the questions and the answers given.

We seem to have lost a few directors since last season! What is the story and are there plans to replace them?

Since last season Stuart Bateman, Brain James and Michael May have resigned from the Board. Stuart resigned as the club's main sponsor was a competitor and he felt it was inappropriate for him to remain on the Board. Brian and Michael resigned for personal reasons.

We finally have a squad, which has enough strength in depth so that we shouldn't be too worried about losing a few players through injury or suspension. But how are we going to keep those players who don't automatically make the first team happy?

Players are aware they are part of a competitive squad, successful players are used to this and everyone wants to be part of a successful team.

Which teams are considered to be our biggest rivals for the league title this season?

In no particular order: Ilkeston Town, Gloucester City, Bath City, Worcester City, Burton Albion, Dorchester Town and Tamworth, but there could be some surprises.

Where can I get hold of the Old Boys Diet Plan, so I can build up a fine figure, which women find so attractive, like those on show during Martin Hardy's Testimonial match?

Steve Evans thought he was fat until he saw the dressing room for the match.

Following your display of obvious natural talent and eye for goal in Mr Hardy's end of season party I am interested in knowing a little more about your playing career, like what position you played, number of goals scored and, of course, how many times you were sent off!

Steve Evans played behind the front two similar to Ian Stringfellow and David Norris, he remembers scoring goals against Rangers and Celtic whilst being managed by Craig Brown, and he was sent off four times.

Does Mr Evans read all the Patter on the Web?

Steve Evans looks at the website most days together with other clubs websites and clubcall lines as he likes to gather information; he is one of British Telecom's best customers.

What is the break-even crowd for this season?

The club has planned for average gates of 1400. When Steve Evans was negotiating with players to sign for this season he presented them with the attendance statistics from last season's programmes and photographs of the Boston United supporters at last season's FA Trophy quarter final at St Albans. This was effective in players deciding to come to Boston United because of the support and the atmosphere generated at York Street. The club now needs the people of Boston to come to matches at York Street to justify the optimism.

We have seen 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 formations used during pre-season, is the formation likely to change dependant upon players available, opposition, etcetera, or is the formation likely to be fixed so that players with part-time training know what they are expected to do?

The club has players who can play in a number of formations, during training sessions the next match is discussed and the most appropriate formation is decided upon. The managers prefer to be flexible with formations.

What is the maximum number of matches we can afford to lose and still become league champions?

Steve Evans believes we lose a maximum of six matches.

There appears to be a large gap in playing standard between the Dr Martens Premier Division and the Lincolnshire League, which does not help the preparation of players from the reserves for the first team, should the reserves play in a different league?

If the club is successful this season Steve Evans will discuss with the Board the merits of the reserves playing in the Central Midlands League, which contains the reserve teams of Kettering Town and Nuneaton Borough.

The supporters present also asked the panel about club souvenirs and organised travel to away matches and the reply is anticipated to be in a future match programme.


Andy Kiwomya

20th August Andy Kiwomya may make his first appearance for Boston United tomorrow for the Reserves against Grimsby & Immingham Amateurs at York Street.


Smith Invitation Cup

19th August Last night the Reserves won the Smith Invitation Cup by beating Croft United 4-0, Danny Dack, Gary Childs, Leigh Taylor and Ross Nicholls scored the goals. The team was: Nick Maddison, Ryan Collingwood, Ricky Southwell, Danny Seager, Gary Pawson, Steve Appleby, Gary Childs, Mark Melson, Danny Dack, Leigh Taylor and Joe Vaughan with substitutes: Ross Nicholls, Gary Walters, Paul Casey, Andrew Markham and Simon North.


Coach to Ilkeston

18th August Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to Ilkeston for the away fixture on Monday 30 August. The coach will leave York Street at 12.45pm and leave Ilkeston straight after the match. Tickets for the coach are £6.00 each and can be purchased from the club offices.

Dave Venables has been appointed player/coach of Stamford AFC. Stamford have also signed former player Hamish Curtis from Yaxley.


Social Club

17th August The entertainment in the Social Club this Saturday 21 August will be provided by Dr Jones, a fabulous boy/girl vocal and instrumental outfit.


Reserves, Tote

16th August the Reserves beat Grantham Rangers 3-0 on Saturday.

The Alphabet Forecast, Boston United's weekly fundraiser, is 11 years old next Monday.


Floodlights, Forum

14th August At 4.30pm during today's match with Salisbury City with light grey cloud overhead the referee, Mr C R Gawthrop of Cambridge, asked for the floodlights to be switched on.

The Managers Forum to be held in the Social Club on Friday 20 August is expected to be compered by Colin Woodcock and the panel is anticipated to comprise Steve Evans, Trevor Quow and Director Roy Hackford. If there is anyone who is unable to attend the Forum but would like to ask a question, you can send an e-mail with your question to richardburton@msn.com and I will try to include them in the event and send a reply with the comments given. Only relevant and suitable questions will be used.


Coming and Going

13th August The new kit featuring the Stantons Metsä Prima logo is expected to arrive at York Street today.

Neil Featherstone has been transferred to Grantham Town.

Darren Clyde and Kevin Slinn have gone on a month's loan to Stamford AFC.

The Reserves play a friendly against Grantham Rangers of the Central Midlands League at Grantham Town's ground with a 3.00pm kick off. Then on Wednesday 18 August the Reserves travel to Croft United to compete for the Smith Invitation Cup with a 6.30pm kick off.


Forum, Social Club

10th August If there is anyone who is unable to attend the forthcoming Managers Forum but would like to ask a question, you can send an e-mail with your question to richardburton@msn.com and I will try to include them in the event and send a reply with the comments given. Only relevant and suitable questions will be used.

There is no entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday, but on Sunday 15 August Kerry Ann, an attractive female vocalist, will provide the entertainment.

Tickets are now on sale at the Social Club for a Stag Night (Friday 10 September) and a Girls Night (Friday 17 September), both events will feature two strippers and a comedian.


Loughborough

9th August Yesterday the Reserves won 4-1 at Loughborough Athletic of the Midland Combination. Jason Sedlam, Anthony Elding, and own goal made the score 3-0 at half time and Leigh Taylor added the fourth during the second half. The team was: Nick Maddison, Ricky Southwell, Joe Vaughan, Steve Appleby, Andy Taylor, Mark Melson, Jason Sedlam, Rick Pawson, Leigh Taylor, Anthony Elding and Ross Nicholls, substitutes: Peter Cook, Danny Dack, Ryan Collingwood, and Andrew Markham. During the return journey Boston United's minibus was involved in a minor road accident.

On Saturday the Reserves play a friendly against Grantham Rangers of the Central Midlands League at Grantham Town's ground with a 3.00pm kick off. Then on Wednesday 18 August the Reserves travel to Croft United to compete for the Smith Invitation Cup with a 6.30pm kick off.


Signing On

6th August David Norris, who has appeared in the pre-season fixtures, has signed a contract with Boston United. David was born on 20 February 1981, he has spent the previous two seasons with Stamford AFC and before that he played in the Peterborough pre-season matches, was formerly with Stamford AFC.

Batemans beer is back in the Social Club.

The other semi-final of the Lincolnshire County Cup is between Lincoln United and Scunthorpe United.

Tomorrow's match with Rushden & Diamonds could feature Andy Kiwomya and Paul Watts, following hamstring and ankle injuries respectively. On Tuesday 3 August Rushden & Diamonds were defeated 1-0 by Aldershot Town in a friendly fixture. The Rushden & Diamonds team may include Mark Sale, a 6ft 4in centre forward who cost £500,000 from Colchester United.


New Main Sponsor

5th August One of Boston's major employers, Stantons Metsä Prima, has signed a sponsorship deal with Boston United, following Wards Brewery's ending of its sponsorship. Stantons recently joined forces with Boston United to renovate the Main Stand (now named the Stantons Stand), including repainting and new signage, and this association lead to the club approaching them when the opportunity arose for a new sponsor for the 1999/2000 season.

John Tong, Stantons Metsa Prima UK Country Manager, commented: "Apart from being one of the towns main employers, Stantons has always tried to assist and participate in the local community wherever possible. Last Christmas, for example, we realised that the town had no Christmas Tree so a few phone calls were made and we arranged for our parent company in Finland to send a tree to the town! Our involvement with Boston United began with our sponsorship of the stand; however, when the chance arose to become the main sponsors we realised this was a golden opportunity to support our local community in a very positive way. Stantons is a winning team and we are sure that Boston United will have a great season and we were very happy to support them for the coming season and possibly beyond."

The Board of Directors of Boston United Football Club Limited and those involved at York Street are delighted to have agreed a main sponsorship deal with Stantons Metsa Prima the worlds leading processor and distributor of timber products, and hope the relationship between the two companies will be longstanding and look forward to carrying the name of Stantons Metsa Prima up and down the country.


Sponsorship

4th August Within the next 48 hours Boston United hope to announce the new main sponsor of the club.


Match Cancelled, Forum

3rd August Grimsby Town of the Nationwide League First Division, have pulled out of tomorrow's Lincolnshire County Cup semi-final because they say they are unable to raise a team!!! Boston United are extremely disappointed, the match was an integral part of the preparations for the new season, and preparations had been made for the match: programmes had been printed, stewards and other staff had been organised, catering arrangements had been made, etcetera. The Lincolnshire FA will now decide on the action to be taken to complete the competition. Last night in the other semi-final Lincoln United defeated Scunthorpe United 2-1.

On Sunday 8 August the Reserves have a friendly fixture away to Loughborough Athletic, kick off is at 2.30pm.

A Managers Forum, featuring Steve Evans, Trevor Quow and other guests, is to be held in the Social Club on Friday 20 August, doors open at 7.00pm. There will be an admission charge of £1.00 payable at the door, and a mini-quiz will be held during the evening. More details will be provided later.

Mischief, a three-piece band, provides the entertainment at the Social Club this Saturday, 7 August.

Tickets are now on sale at the Social Club for a Stag Night (Friday 10 September) and a Girls Night (Friday 17 September), both events will feature two strippers and a comedian.


Wisbech

31st July Last night a Boston United XI beat a Wisbech Town XI 3-0, Leigh Taylor, Mark Rawle and Jason Burnham scored the goals.


County Cup

30th July Tonight at the Northolme, Grimsby Town have beaten Gainsborough Trinity 4-1 on penalties after the match finished 0-0 after 90 minutes. Grimsby Town will now play Boston United at York Street on Wednesday.


Wisbech

29th July A Boston United XI is due to play Wisbech Town at Wisbech tomorrow, Friday 30 July, kick off at 7.45pm, prior to the match with Aldershot Town on Saturday.

Steve Harding, a collector of old football programmes, is looking to add to his collection of old Boston United programmes. If you can help Steve with his quest he can be contacted on 01733 760369.

The entertainment at the Social Club on Saturday 31 July is to be provided by Naked, an excellent girl duo.


County Cup

28th July Following the victory over Stamford AFC last night, the next round will be at York Street on Wednesday 4 August with a 7.30pm kick off against Gainsborough Trinity or Grimsby Town, who play each other on Friday 30 July to decide which of them will come to Boston.

Last night the Reserves lost 4-2 to Wyberton.

The Linfield's website, which reported on Saturday that Gary Porter had signed a contract for them, appears to have removed the item.

Peterborough United's website has reported that Paul Watts played as a trialist for them against a Watford team on Sunday and he scored a goal in a 2-1 victory for Peterborough.

Boston United are currently giving a trial to Ryan Ludlam a 19-year-old wide player who has spent three years with Sheffield United.

Former player Simon Armstrong is currently on trial with Boston Town.

Supporter Barry Pearson is producing a set of Cigarette Cards featuring people connected with Boston United: Ernest Malkinson, Tommy Lowder, Billy Howells, John Lakin, Howard Wilkinson, Gordon Bolland, Mike Alexander, Harry Sharp, Jim Smith, Arthur Mann, John Froggatt, Bobby Svarc, Brian Bates, Paul Shirtliffe, Gary Jones, David Adamson, David Poplar, Ray Middleton, Freddie Tunstall, Chris Cook, Martin Hardy, Jim Kabia, Jim Conde, and John McKenna. The cards are to be sold for £7.50 per set and will be first available at a Programme Fair to be held in Boston United Social Club in October, the date to be confirmed later. Sets of cards can be ordered in advance by contacting Barry Pearson on 01754 769143 or John Blackwell on 01205 364406.

In conjunction with Boston Borough Council Boston United have put two Bottle Banks (for white and coloured glass) in the York Street car park to help the environment. This is in addition to the Can Bank which is situated inside the ground.


Porter, Dr Martens

24th July Linfield's website has reported that Gary Porter has signed a two-year contract to play for them.

For the 1999/2000 the Dr Martens League will operate with an Eastern and Western Division below the Premier Division, with the following clubs in those divisions.

Eastern Division: Ashford Town, Baldock Town, Bashley, Burnham, Chemlsford City, Erith & Belvedere, Corby Town, Dartford, Fisher Athletic London, Fleet Town, Folkestone Invicta, Hastings Town, Newport I.O.W., Raunds Town, VS Rugby, Sittingbourne, Spalding United, St Leonards Stamcroft, Stamford AFC, Tonbridge Angels, Wisbech Town, Witney Town.

Western Division: Bedworth United, Bilston Town, Blakenhall, Bromsgrove Rovers, Cinderford Town, Cirencester Town, Evesham United, Gresley Rovers, Hinckley United, Moor Green, Paget Rangers, Redditch United, Rocester, Shepshed Dynamo, Solihull Borough, Stafford Rangers, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield Town, Tiverton Town, Racing Club Warwick, Weston-Super-Mare, Yate Town.


Porter, Warwick, Academy

23rd July Linfield's website has reported that Gary Porter played for them last night in the first match of the Belfast Challenge against Liverpool, Liverpool won 4-0 with Gary Porter scoring an own goal. The Belfast Challenge also features Glentoran and Feyenoord, Linfield's next match is tomorrow.

Andy Kiwomya, David Rennie and Ian Stringfellow are expected to feature in tomorrow's match with Racing Club Warwick after missing the match with Lincoln City through injury and work commitments.

Neil Featherstone did not play for Grantham Town last night in their Lincolnshire County Cup match against Scunthorpe United, which Scunthorpe won 5-0.

Boston United's Academy has been up and running for two years now and in August the new intake of 15 lads will be joining the existing nine who have stepped up to National Diploma Level with three of those (Ricky Southwell, Simon North and Ryan Collingwood) staying on for another two years at HND Level with a view to possibly going to university and gaining a degree.

Last season turned out to be even more successful than the first year with the Academy team winning The Lincolnshire Services League Cup, which was won for the second consecutive year, and the Jacksons Workwear Lincolnshire Under 18 Charity Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over Sleaford in the final. Probably the biggest achievement of last season was the amount of Academy players stepping up to first team duty, namely Ross Nicholls, Danny Seager, Leigh Taylor and Ricky Southwell, and along with a few of the Reserve lads they never let Steve and Trevor down. The club know there is a big gap between the Lincolnshire League and the Dr Martens Premier Division, but the only way these lads are going to get better is to play with better players and at the highest level they can and with encouragement, not criticism, they can go on to become the future of Boston United without the club having to pay out large transfer fees.

Once again this season there are lads coming from all over the country, with Alan Ross coming from Nottingham, James Fletcher from Wittering, Philip Snell from Huddersfield and quite a few from around Lincolnshire. These lads mixed in with a few local lads will hopefully carry on the success the course has achieved in the previous two years. The football side of the course was not the only success, of the 25 students on the course 24 passed. Unfortunately this means we have to say goodbye to a few lads and the club thanks them for their commitment over the last two years, they are D.J. Wright, Danny Clayton and Ben Pell.

The idea of this scheme is to give hopeful young footballers the same chance of progressing up the football ladder at Boston United as League clubs do except Boston United put them through a college course to help them gain a qualification in Sports and Science Studies. The qualification may in the future help them obtain a position in the sports and leisure industry if they have not made it in the football world. The lads spend 15 hours at college and 15 hours training and playing per week.

Some of the lads don't take kindly to having to go back to school but without the backing of Boston College on the education side there would be no way the club could afford to run the course on their own, so success on the education side is an essential part of the course!

Some local companies have come forward to sponsor the lads in various ways, which the club is grateful for, but they still need more to keep the scheme going. Any sponsorship will be welcome, it does not have to be money, it can be equipment, clothing, food, time and space. If you have any suggestion on how you can help please contact Chris Cook on 01205 350144 or cookie@ccps.freeserve.co.uk.


Signing Number Nine

22nd July Experienced midfield player Gary Porter has become Steve Evans' ninth signing of the Summer, Cheltenham, Woking and Linfield's were also interested in signing Gary.

Gary Michael Porter was born in Sunderland on 6 March 1966, he is 5ft 6ins tall. Gary joined Watford as an apprentice on 6 March 1984, he made 400 Football League appearances (48 goals), 27 FA Cup appearances (3 goals), 32 Football League Cup appearances (5 goals), and 13 appearances in other matches. A free transfer took Gary to Walsall on 15 July 1997, where he made the following appearances: Football League 47 (1 goal), FA Cup 4 (2 goals), Football League Cup 5, others 7. Gary moved to Scarborough on 19 February 1999 where he made 13 Football League appearances. Gary has represented England at Under 21 and Youth level.

Last night the Reserves beat Deeping Rangers 2-1 in a pre-season friendly match. Mark Melson and Danny Dack scored the goals. Steve Appleby has played the full match in both of the reserves pre-season fixtures. On trial last night was a goalkeeper who has spent the last 11 years living in the USA. Deeping Rangers have been promoted to the United Counties League for this season.

The Reserves are next in action on Tuesday when they play away to Wyberton with a 7.00pm kick off.


Lincoln City

20th July As reported in tonight's Lincolnshire Echo Lincoln City will give a trial to Martin Reed in tomorrow's match. Reed is a 21 year old 6ft 1ins central defender from York City. Other members of Lincoln City's first team squad may only play for 45 minutes of the match.

On Saturday 24 July Boston United play away at Racing Club Warwick with a 3.00pm kick off.

In the Social Club this Saturday, Duvet, a five-piece rock n roll band provide the entertainment.

Tickets are now available for New Years Eve in the Social Club, priced at £20.00 including a buffet. Déjà Vu, a popular local four-piece band will provide the entertainment.


Reserves

19th July On Saturday the Reserves drew 2-2 with Cottesmore Amateurs in their friendly fixture. Darren Clyde and Danny Dack scored the goals. The team was a mixture of first team squad members, academy players and trialists.

The Reserves are next action on Wednesday, when they are away to Deeping Rangers with a 7.00pm kick off.

Also on Wednesday Lincoln City visit York Street for a pre-season match with a 7.30pm kick off.


Peterborough United

17th July For today's match Barry Fry selected different Peterborough United teams for the first half and second half. The teams were:

First half: Mark Tyler, Grant Hayley, Aaron Cable, Chris Sadler, James Campbell, Helgi Danielson, Niall Inman, Steve Castle, Chris Cleaver, Fran Green, Daniel French.

Second half: Bart Griemink, Dean Hooper, Adam Drury, Richard Scott, Matthew Wicks, Andy Edwards, David Farrell, Simon Davies, Andy Clarke, Tony Shields, Matthew Etherington.

Andrew Stanhope scored first after 44 minutes and David Farrell equalised for Peterborough United after 47 minutes.


Peterborough United

16th July Andy Kiwomya (hamstring strain) and Ian Stringfellow (work commitments) are doubtful for tomorrow's match with Peterborough United.

Boston United have been trying to arrange a match with Sheffield Wednesday, but it has not been possible to find a mutually convenient date. Chris Waddle, Sheffield Wednesday's Reserve Team Manager may be able to arrange a match later on.

The snack bar underneath the Stantons Timber Stand has been enlarged by approximately 50% to enable the staff to provide a better service. Director Roy Hackford and Ray Parker carried out the work.

A new carpet, supplied by Mister T Carpets, has been fitted in the Social Club.


Referees

14th July The referees scheduled to officiate in the pre-season friendlies are:

17 July Peterborough United Phil Joslin Nationwide League official from Newark.

21 July Lincoln City Uriah Rennie FA Carling Premiership official from Sheffield.

31 July Aldershot Town Peter Jones FA Carling Premiership official from Loughborough.

7 August Rushden & Diamonds Chris Gawthrop from Cambridge.

The website has arranged to sponsor the match balls for the matches with King's Lynn (27 December 1999) and Newport County (29 April 2000).


Commercial

13th July It was reported in yesterdays Lincolnshire Echo that Neil Featherstone played for Grantham in their pre-season friendly with Long Eaton, scoring the first goal in a 2-1 victory for Grantham.

Due to a double booking In the Red did not appear at the Social Club last Saturday, the Peterborough duo are now due to appear on Saturday 17 July. Tickets are now available for the Cabaret Night on Sunday 25 July, featuring adult comedian Bob Berry and vocalist Joni.

Boston United are still seeking a "Main Sponsor" for the 1999/2000 season, numerous business people have been spoken to but at the moment no one has come forward. One business away from Boston who took an interest has decided against it. General Manager John Blackwell has a meeting this week regarding sponsorship and another next week. If any other company is interested please contact John Blackwell on 01205 364406. The club is also looking for people to take up other forms of sponsorship such as match balls, players kit, etcetera, details are in the item dated 30 June.

The club office is open at the following times:

Monday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am to 4.30pm 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Wednesday 9.00am to 4.30pm

Thursday 9.00am to 4.30pm

Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Saturday 9.00am to 12.00noon

Sunday 5.00pm to 7.00pm

During the season John Blackwell is at the office on Sunday morning from 9.00am to 11.00am for any urgent requirements.

New souvenir replica shirts will be available when a new main sponsor is finalised. Replica shirts with Ward's logo are available at half price.

There will be coaches running to Leigh RMI on 9 October for the Umbro FA Trophy fixture, prices will be available later.


Friendly, Video

10th July Boston United have arranged a friendly match away to Racing Club Warwick on Saturday 24 July, the match was arranged by Steve Evans and Racing Club Warwick's chairman to assist them with their financial problems.

Boston United's squad assembled at York Street earlier today before moving to North Sea Camp open prison for a training session.

York Street was today used for the making of a video. Blackfriars Art Centre and Boston College are coordinating a large-scale video/dance/music project involving youth groups from Donington and Wrangle Youth Clubs. The filming today featured Mandy Watton, singer and pop sensation, with the video crew Scott Robinson and Richard Kent assisted by Simone Dackombe. Richard Knight and Adam O'Meara of Boston College are coordinating the project. For more information call Boston College on 01205 365701.


Golf

9th July The Boston United Invitational Am Am Golf Tournament, sponsored by Lindisposables, was won by Go Nuts with 98 points (represented by Rob Motley, Dave Mawson, Andy Ogden and Ken Foley), the runners up were Kellys Heroes with 97 points (Pete Kelly, Gary Willis, Jeremy Woodcock and Nick Woodcock).

Steve Evans presented the prizes to the teams finishing in positions four to 32, and John Allen, Boston Golf Club Captain, presented the prizes to the first, second and third placed teams.


Training, Golf

7th July Last Saturday Boston United commenced their pre-season training at North Sea Camp open prison. All of the squad were present apart from David Rennie and Andy Taylor who were on holiday, in addition two midfield with Football League experience were present, Steve Evans may wish to add them to the squad.

The Boston United Invitational Am Am Golf Tournament, sponsored by Lindisposables, takes place at Boston Golf Club tomorrow, Steve Evans Paul Bastock and Ian Stringfellow are taking part together with a team from Lincoln City. The tournament also has substantial sponsorship from Spalding Sports UK.

Former striker, Darren Munton, who joined Spalding United from Boston United last season, has been appointed player-manager of Leicester Senior League side Cottesmore Amateurs. Boston United will take a team to Cottesmore on 17 July to open their pre-season.

Mark Shackleton who led the Reserves to third place in the Deejays Lincolnshire League last season has agreed terms with Steve Evans to continue with the Reserves next season. The Reserves pre-season fixtures currently are 17 July away to Cottesmore Amateurs, 21 July away to Deeping Rangers, 8 August away to Loughborough. I addition after 8 August the Reserves will travel to Croft to compete for the Smith Trophy of which Boston United are the present holders.

Boston United are scheduled to enter the FA Cup at the second qualifying round stage during September, the draw for the preliminary round and first qualifying round has already been made.


Pitch, Social Club

6th July Sand has been spread on the York Street pitch, from goalmouth to goalmouth to the width of the penalty areas, and more seed has set. Stephen Pask of Grantham, sports ground contractors have carried out the work.

The entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 10 July is to be provided by In the Red, a duo from Peterborough making their first appearance.

The latest edition of the Yellow pages is being distributed in the Boston area from a base at Boston United, using the facilities of the Boardroom and car park.

Eagles fish and chip, which is popular with home and visiting supporters, is having new fryers installed ready for the start of the new season.


FA Trophy

2nd July Boston United have been drawn away to Leigh RMI in the first round of the FA Trophy, the match is scheduled for Saturday 9 October 1999.


Curtis, Sponsorship

30th June Gainsborough Trinity's website has reported that Lennie Curtis has joined them.

The following advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available to assist Boston United:

Match Ball sponsorship at £40.00 plus vat (£47.00)

Players Kit sponsorship at £60.00 plus vat (£70.50)

Ground Advertising Boards starting at £100.00 plus vat (£117.50)

Programme Advertising cost depends upon the size.

Full Match sponsorship, which includes a pre-match meal and hospitality for the match, at £250.00 plus vat (£293.75).

Last seasons replica shirts are available at half price, the actual price depends upon the shirt size.


Social Club

29th June The entertainment in the Social Club on Saturday 3 July will be provided by the band Move It.

There is a Cabaret Night on Sunday 25 July featuring the top adult comic Bob Berry plus Joni a top class vocalist. Tickets are £2.00 each available from the Social Club. This is not an event for anyone who is easily offended.

Tut a Rock n Blues band are coming to the Social Club on a future Sunday night.

New members to the Social Club are welcome.


Correction

29th June In an item dated 15 June I erroneously stated that Darren Clyde may be leaving the club, and wish to state that I have no information on any changes for Darren for next season.


Pre-Season

28th June Pre-season training commences on Saturday.

The Dr Martens League are expected to have the fixtures for next season finalised by 17 July.

The forthcoming pre-season friendlies are expected to feature Premier League Referees Peter Jones (the referee for the 1999 FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Newcastle United) and Uriah Rennie. The Referee for the friendly with Peterborough United is expected to be Phil Joslin from Newark, which will be his first appointment since being appointed to the Football League Referees List. Phil is also on the list of European Assistant Referees.


Maintenance, Chairman

26th June Close season maintenance is progressing well, the Dressing Rooms and Officials Room have been painted ready for next season. A sink unit has been installed in the Board Room. The drains on the York Street stand have been cleared of weeds. Fertiliser and weed killer has been put on the pitch. The work is being carried out by Directors Roy Hackford and Dick Carrington together with supporters Keith Elkington, Mick Gooderson, Kelvin Gray and Richard Burton.

Boston United Chairman Sydney Burgess is to be honoured by the Football Association for 50 years service to the game. In 1948 Mr Burgess started as secretary of Boston Amateurs, he has also been Chairman and President of the Boston and District Football League, as well as his positions with Boston United.


Apps Update

25th June Steve Appleby is recovering well from the broken leg injury he picked up last November in the match against Halesowen. He has had the metal plate and six screws removed from his leg and has been cycling and swimming to keep things going. This week he has also started running again and going to the gym to really build the leg back up. He should be back to full fitness in time to join the rest of the United players when they report to York Street for pre-season training on July 3rd.

It is looking increasingly likely that Len Curtis, who quit the Pilgrims due to work reasons, will join up with former Pilgrim Steve Charles at Gainsborough Trinity.


League Cup, Ex-Players

18th June In the draw for the Dr Martens League Cup Boston United have received a bye in the preliminary round and have been drawn at home to Wisbech Town in the first round, a date for the match is to be decided.

Martin Hardy and Richard Mason signed for Worksop Town on Wednesday, with Richard signing a three-year contract. Worksop had competition from Gainsborough Trinity for Martin and Richard.

Due to maintenance the news page may not be updated next week, we hope to resume normal service by Sunday 27 June.


Steve Charles

17th June As reported in tonight's Lincolnshire Echo Steve Charles, who recently announced his departure from Boston United, has joined Gainsborough Trinity along with another former player, Steve Circuit, who has joined them from Leek Town.


Social Club

17th June The refurbishment of the Social Club will ideally include the installation of a new carpet. If anyone can assist with this please call David Munks on 01205 362967 or John Blackwell on 01205 364406.


Goalkeepers Required

16th June Boston United are to hold the final trial for this year's intake into The Academy on Saturday 19 June at Boston College's De Montfort Site in Mill Road Boston starting at 10.30am. There has been a good response so far but there appears to be a shortage of goalkeepers, with two places still available.

The trainees study for a BTEC in sports science at Boston College and train every day under the guidance of Chris Cook. The team plays in the Lincolnshire Services League every week, with the aim that players progress into the Reserve Team and the First Team. Six of last season's squad made first team appearances and Steve Evans has offered three students contracts.

If you are a 16, 17 or 18 year old footballer who is interested in the scheme, contact Chris Cook on 01205 350144 or Boston College on 01205 365701.


Golf

16th June The Boston United Invitational Am Am Golf Tournament, sponsored by Lindisposables, takes place at Boston Golf Club on Thursday 8 July. There is expected to be a record attendance this year with approximately 100 teams (four players in a team) taking part. The cost of entering a team is £130.00 (inclusive of VAT) per team, which includes a meal. There are a few places still available. If you would like to enter a team contact John Blackwell on 01205 364406 for more information.


Clubcall

16th June The telephone number for Boston United Clubcall has changed from 0891 121539, due to the recent code changes implemented by British Telecom. The new number to call is:

09068 12 15 39

Calls cost 60p per minute at all times (formerly 50p per minute).


Players Re-signing

16th June Leigh Taylor has signed a one-year contract with Boston United for next season, Ian Stringfellow has signed again for next season and Mark Rawle is retained after signing towards the end of last season.


Contract and Departures

15th June Paul Watts has signed a one-year contract with Boston United for next season, meanwhile Steve Charles has advised the club that due to work commitments he will have to leave the club and the same may also apply to Darren Clyde. See Correction 29th June.


Dr Martens League

14th June At Saturday's Annual General Meeting of the Dr Martens League the four clubs (Clevedon Town, Newport County, Havant and Waterlooville and Margate) who finished last season as champions and runners- up in the Midland and Southern Division were accepted into the Premier Division for next season. Cambridge City retained their place in the Premier Division due to Barrow being removed from the Nationwide Conference, which meant that Welling United retained their place in the Nationwide Conference.

It is still to be decided which clubs will make up the Midland and Southern Division next season.

The Dr Martens League Cup next season will be played over one leg for all rounds apart from the final, which will still be over two legs.

Boston United were presented with the runners-up Trophy for last season.


Social Club

13th June During the Summer break the Social Club is being renovated. Boarding is being fixed to the walls, the stage is being moved to the corner in front of the entrance door and a new artiste's dressing room is being built next to the stage.

Bass Brewery has taken over Ward's customers and when the existing supply of Wards beer is consumed it is expected to be replaced with Stones beer.


Lincolnshire League

12th June Today's AGM of the Lincolnshire League was held at the George Fischer Social Club in North Hykeham, Boston United were represented by Roy Hackford.

Grantham Town Reserves have resigned from the league. Barrowby have been accepted on a one year basis subject to the provision of improved dressing rooms, last season they played in the Grantham and District Premier League.

In the Lincolnshire Football League Challenge Cup Boston United Reserves have a bye in Round One, in Round Two they are away to Horncastle Town with the match to be played on or before Saturday 16 October 1999. In Round Three Boston United Reserves or Horncastle Town are at home to Hykeham Town or Epworth Town with the match to be played on or before Saturday 4 December 1999.


AGM

10th June The Annual General Meeting of both the Dr Martens League and the Lincolnshire League take place on Saturday.

Boston United will be presented with the runners-up trophy for the Dr Martens League at the meeting being held in Bournemouth.


Another One Joins

10th June Steve Evans has signed Andy Kiwomya from Nuneaton Borough, where he scored 19 goals last season after joining Nuneaton from Cambridge City during the season.

Andrew (Andy) Derek Kiwomya was born in Huddersfield on 1 October 1967; he is 5'10" tall.

Andy began his career as an apprentice with Barnsley on 16 July 1985, making one Football League appearance, and moved to Sheffield Wednesday for £5000 on 7 October 1986. During the 1992/93 season he had a free transfer to Dundee where he made 21 Scottish League appearances. On 23 March 1993 he moved to Scunthorpe United and played in nine matches. On 1 October 1993 he moved to Rotherham and made eight appearances. During the 1994 close season Andy moved to Halifax and moved again to Bradford City on 4 July 1995 where he made 51 appearances. Luton Town signed him on loan on 27 March 1997, where he made five appearances, helping them achieve a second division play off position.

Andy joined Cambridge City from Halifax Town at the end of the 1997/98 season. Andy has also played for the England Youth team.


Pre-Season Friendlies

8th June Boston United have arranged the following home matches:

Stevenage Borough Wednesday 4 August kick off at 7.30pm

Rushden & Diamonds Saturday 7 August kick off at 3.00pm


Another Two Signings

8th June Steve Evans has signed Colin Hoyle from King's Lynn and Jason Burnham from Worcester City.

Colin Hoyle was born on 15 January 1972, he is 5' 11" tall and commenced his career as a trainee with Arsenal, and he was loaned to Chesterfield and made three League appearances. Colin then moved to Barnsley and then to Bradford City where he made 62 League appearances. He then moved to Notts County and played five matches and another five whilst on loan to Mansfield, he joined King's Lynn early in the 1996/97 season.

Jason Burnham was born on 8 May 1973; he commenced his career as a trainee with Notts County. Jason joined Northampton Town in 1991 and moved to Chester City in 1994, and made over 150 Football League appearances. He was ever present in his first two seasons with Worcester City and was Player of the Year in 1997/98.


Curtis and Costello

7th June Lennie Curtis is unlikely to play for Boston United next season, he has been promoted at work with more responsibility and his employers don't want him to leave work in the middle of the afternoon for football matches. Both Lennie Curtis and Boston United will be disappointed if he has to leave the club in this way.

Peter Costello has signed on again for next season.


Welling, Maintenance

5th June At today's AGM of the Nationwide Conference Barrow were removed due to their financial difficulties, this meant that Welling United have been reprieved from relegation and it is expected that Cambridge City will retain their place in the Dr Martens League Premier Division.

During the close season the opportunity to carry out routine maintenance is being taken, with the dressing rooms and referees room currently being painted.


Pre-Season Friendly

4th June Boston United have arranged a match at home to Aldershot Town on Saturday 31 July, kick off at 3.00pm.


Wards, Players

3rd June As reported in tonight's Lincolnshire Echo, Boston United's sponsorship deal with Wards has collapsed, due to the closure of the Sheffield brewery on 2 July. The sponsorship deal was worth £50000 with the second installment of £10000 due to be paid next month. Wards sponsorship of Sheffield United has also suffered the same fate. John Blackwell said: "It has come at a bad time for the club. We signed a five-year deal with them last year, and we have been really pleased with the way the sponsorship has worked out. It has been the best sponsorship we have ever had."

Ward's spokesman Steve Johnson confirmed that the brewery would be closing on July 2.
He said: "The Swallow group - who own Ward's - have taken the decision to disinvest from brewing as from July 2." And he added that the brewery were disappointed to have to end the projected five-year agreement. He said: "It is very unfortunate that Ward's will be closing.
The sponsorship is something we have really enjoyed for the past 12 months and we wished it could continue but unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it cannot. We were looking forward to a long and happy relationship but it was totally out of our hands."

Steve Evans is in negotiations in an attempt to sign striker Andy Kiwomya from Nuneaton Borough and midfielder Ian King from Aylesbury. Andy Kiwomya scored 24 goals for Nuneaton last season; he has made 300 football league appearances and his former clubs include Sheffield Wednesday.


Tickets, County Cup

2nd June The admission prices for the 1999/2000 season have been set as below, they include a £0.50 increase on last season's prices.

Season

Season

Ticket

Ticket

Discounted

Stantons Timber

Adults

£5.50

£110.00

£100.00

Stand

OAP/Juvenile

£4.50

£90.00

£80.00

Terrace

Adults

£5.00

£100.00

£90.00

OAP/Juvenile

£4.00

£80.00

£70.00

A Season Ticket entitles the holder to admission to all home matches in the Dr Martens Premier Division, Lincolnshire League and Lincolnshire County Cup. If a Season Ticket is booked and paid for before 26 June it can be purchased at the discounted price (last season's price).

The club is planning to introduce a Family Ticket for the 1999/2000 season, more details will be provided when they are available.

For more information and to order a Season Ticket call John Blackwell on 01205 364406.

In Lincolnshire County Cup Boston United have been drawn away to Stamford AFC on Tuesday 27 July, kick off at 7.45pm. The winners will be at home to Gainsborough Trinity or Grimsby Town, with the match to be played in week commencing 2 August.

The Management Committee of the Dr Martens League have suggested the following make up of the Premier Division for the 1999/2000 season, to be ratified at the AGM later this month:

Atherstone United, Bath City, Boston United, Burton Albion, Clevedon Town, Crawley Town, Dorchester Town, Gloucester City, Grantham Town, Halesowen Town, Havant and Waterlooville, Ilkeston Town, King's Lynn, Margate, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport County, Rothwell Town, Salisbury City, Tamworth, Welling United, Weymouth, Worcester City.

Cambridge City may replace Welling United depending upon the fate of Barrow at the AGM of the Nationwide Conference this weekend.

Steve Appleby had the steel plate, which was inserted when he broke his leg last season, removed last Thursday. Steve was told to rest for a week after the operation after which he can commence training for next season.


Grass

1st June Work has begun on the pitch at York Street to prepare it for next season. The goalmouths and centre circle have been rotavated and new seed sown.

The rest of the pitch is due to be hollow tined, whereby a machine travels over the pitch with hollow spikes and extracts small pellets of soil. This enables seed, sand and fertiliser to be spread on the rest of the pitch and air and water to get to the grass, which is still growing.

The new seed then requires suitable weather to become a good surface.

Cambridge City may yet be reprieved from relegation. It is possible that Barrow will be removed from the Nationwide Conference at this weekend's AGM due to their financial difficulties, this would mean that Welling United would not relegated which could be extended to Cambridge City. Hastings Town are expected to play in the Dr Martens Southern Division next season and they may also amalgamate with their neighbours St Leonards Stamcroft.


Pre-Season Friendly

26th May Boston United have arranged a match at home to Lincoln City on Wednesday 21 July, kick off at 7.30pm.


Pre-Season Friendly

26th May Boston United's first pre-season is at home to Peterborough United on Saturday 17 July, kick off at 3.00pm.


Two More Signings

25th May Boston United have signed Mickey Nuttell from King's Lynn and Kevin Slinn from Raunds Town.

Kevin Slinn (22) has scored 86 goals in two seasons with Raunds Town in the Dr Martens Southern Division. Boston United had competition from Kettering Town for his signature.

Mickey Nuttell (30) made 26 appearances for Boston United in the 1991/92 season, scoring nine goals, after signing from Wycombe Wanderers for £15000. He also made five appearances whilst on loan from Kettering Town in the 1995/96 season.


Players Re-Signing

19th May Last night the following members of last season's squad signed on again for next season: Mark Melson, Joby Gowshall, Neil Featherstone, Gary Childs, Andrew Stanhope and Trevor Quow.


More New Signings

19th May As reported in tonight's Lincolnshire Echo, Steve Evans has today signed two more new players for next season.

Centre back Andy Taylor (24) has been recruited from Crawley Town where he was out of contract. Andy is based in Cambridge; he joined Crawley at the start of last season after three seasons with Cambridge City. Andy has also had trials with Peterborough United.

Full back Paul Wilson has been signed from Aylesbury. Paul, who is a left-sided player, was born in Bradford on 2 August 1968 and is 5 ft 11 inches tall. Paul commenced his career as an apprentice with Huddersfield Town where he made 16 first team appearances. In July 1987 Paul moved to Norwich City for £30000 from where he moved to Northampton Town again for £30000 in February 1988 and made 159 appearances and scored 7 goals. He joined Halifax Town in December 1991 for £30000 made 48 appearances and scored 7 goals. He moved to Burnley in February 1993 and made 31 appearances. He joined York City in October 1994 and made 24 appearances. In August 1995 he joined Scunthorpe United made 87 appearances and scored 2 goals, and moved to Cambridge United in March 1997. Paul has made 369 League appearances and scored 20 goals.

Steve Evans said he beat off competition from several other clubs to sign both players.


New Signing

12th May Boston United have signed David Rennie from Peterborough United, on Saturday he had appeared in Peterborough's final Nationwide Division Three match away to Scarborough, and made nine appearances for them this season following a period out with injury.

David was born in Edinburgh on 29 August 1964, he plays in defence or midfield, his former clubs are Leicester City, Leeds United, Bristol City, Birmingham City, Coventry City, and Northampton Town from where he signed for Peterborough United in October 1997.

Boston United had competition from Kettering Town, King's Lynn, Ilkeston Town and Altrincham to sign David Rennie.

Steve Appleby is due to have an operation on 28 May to remove a steel pin from his leg, after which he will be able to commence training for next season.


Contracts for Youth Team Players

2nd May Leigh Taylor, Ross Nicholls and Danny Seager have signed contracts for next season, Boston United would be grateful for anyone who could assist with sponsorship of their wages for the coming season.

Tim and Cindy Ruck of CMS Sports have agreed to pay Leigh Taylor's wages.

Danny Seager is an 18-year-old from London who moved to Boston to take part in the scheme and quickly became a prominent figure in the Academy setup. Chris Cook has never known a lad so dedicated to succeeding in the football world, even in his spare time he comes to the ground to train on his own and improve his fitness, which he doesn't really have to do because he is one of the fittest lads in the club. He was installed as Captain of the Academy side and all the lads look up to him. This sesason he has been a regular in the Reserve side and also been part of the first team squad on many occasions.

Ross Nicholls showed lots of potential last year and has been a member of the first team squad on quite a few occasions this year. Hailing from the Ipswich area Ross has now settled in Boston and would like to become a regular first team player.

They will be finishing college in June and if anyone would like to sponsor them or offer them work of any kind please contact John Blackwell on 01205 364406 or Chris Cook on 01205 350144.

 


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